Milk teeth are often thought of as a trial run for the real deal. This is a myth: Not only can damaged milk teeth affect how permanent teeth are aligned but also how a child’s face forms. Old habits also die hard and, even if they make it through with their milk teeth unscathed, a lax approach to oral hygiene is a sure-fire way to create serious dental problems in later life. Thus, children’s dentistry is kind of a big deal.
At Mossley dental near Stalybridge, we are proud to provide for our child patients under the NHS. We encourage regular 3-month checkups, to monitor any changes, and, to avoid disrupting routines, will attempt to arrange checkups after school hours or during school holidays. Education plays a vital role in a child’s development, and learning how to look after their teeth is an important part of this. That is why we run regular open days, showing children how to clean their teeth and emphasising the importance of a healthy diet.
Cleaning babies’ teeth
Babies start developing their teeth whilst still in the womb and it is imperative that you start cleaning their teeth the moment they start to show. A tiny blob of children’s fluoride toothpaste on a child’s toothbrush (these have smaller heads and softer bristles than conventional brushes) will be best. An easy brushing method is to: seat the child on your lap, with their head lying against your front, and to brush in little circular motions. It is recommended you visit your dentist once a baby’s teeth appear, so that their development can be checked.
Cleaning children’s teeth
You will most likely have to clean your child’s teeth until they are about seven. During this time, try to get them into a regular routine: Brushing once after breakfast and once before bed, for two minutes. Learning this simple procedure can help them maintain a happy smile for the rest of their lives. If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch!