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The first visit to the dentist for a young child can be overwhelming so we work to build trust and make it as calm as possible. We also givepreventative advice to the parent, so we can get your child off to a great start with their oral health.

Children’s Dental Health

Tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England, yet it is largely preventable. Although oral health is improving in England, recent oral health surveys of 5 year olds showed that just under a quarter have tooth decay.

  • It is very important to bring your child to the dentist as soon as their first baby teeth begin to come through (usually 6 months old).
  • As your child grows older with us, we can begin looking at orthodontic examinations if necessary, but this usually occurs from 11 years onwards.

Dental Health during pregnancy

When you go to the dentist, make sure they know you’re pregnant. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your gums more vulnerable to plaque, leading to inflammation and bleeding. This is also called pregnancy gingivitis. Some women get sore gums, which may bleed in pregnancy. Bleeding gums are caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth. Severe cases of gum disease during pregnancy has been linked to higher blood pressure, which if left unchecked heightens the risk of pre-eclampsia. This condition begins around the 20-week mark and can be very serious in nature.

  • Pregnancy hygiene will help to remove all plaque and tartar, thereby reducing the risk of gum disease and in turn protectingmother and baby.
  • Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is always important but never more so than while pregnant.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I best care for my children’s teeth at home?

There are a number of tips to follow to help give your child the best oral health:

  • Start brushing as soon as the first milk tooth appears (usually 6 months old).
  • Brush or supervise brushing twice a day for at least two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste (1000ppm 0-6, 1500ppm 6+).
  • Avoid/limit sugary snacks between meals.
How do I look after myteeth and gums during pregnancy?
  • Brush twice a day for at least two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste.
  • If you are suffering from morning sickness rinse your mouth out with plain water to prevent stomach acid from damaging your teeth. Do not brush your teeth straight after brushing, wait at least an hour otherwise you may damage teeth by brushing acid into your tooth structure.
  • Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol.
  • Snack on vegetables, avoid sugary or acidic foods.

If you have any concerns please make an appointment to have your child’s dental health checked.

For more information contact us on 01744 820404

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