Why it’s so important to look after the teeth in children
As childhood is such an important period of time in a person’s dental history we know how important it is to get dental care right from the start. Although children will lose their ‘milk’ teeth it’s still incredibly important to look after those first teeth. Milk teeth help children speak more easily and chew food correctly. They also maintain the space for a permanent set of teeth to follow.
At Church View Dental Care we encourage parents to bring children from the age of twelve months, but if you’re anxious about how well your child will settle in a new environment we suggest you bring them along to your own dental check ups to give them a gentle introduction to visiting the dentist. It also helps to see how relaxed Mummy or Daddy are when they have their teeth checked.
It’s important to encourage your child to brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, however it’s great to get children into the habit of brushing after every meal. If you’re the parent of a young child we recommend that you supervise and support your child’s teeth brushing so that they learn how to clean their teeth properly themselves. Though it can still be worth parents doing a final brush to make sure hard to reach teeth are also cleaned. To help you and your child develop the best dental routine we can offer advise on important factors such as the correct toothpaste and toothbrush, the best brushing techniques and healthy eating habits.
What to expect on a first visit
Your child’s first appointment is all about understanding their dental health and helping parents learn how best to help children achieve good oral health. It’s worth noting that we’ll discuss your child’s dental habits and medical history at their initial appointment.