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Dental Tips and Advice for your Children

Brusher Bailey

The best way to ensure the health of your child's teeth is to get into good habits early.

Tooth Brushing
Brush their teeth twice a day supervised until 8 years of age.  Use a small pea sized amount of 1000ppm Fluoride toothpaste up to 6 years of age (this is available free from the practice), and adult toothpaste thereafter.  Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste when finished but NOT to rinse out afterwards.  Brushing should take at least a minute for children and special attention should be given to the back teeth.


We encourage 6 monthly dental check for all children from birth.  This allows the child to get used to us and our surroundings.  We participate in a national scheme called Childsmile which incorporates tooth brushing lessons, dietary advice and application of a fluoride varnish to the teeth of under 6s.  For further info click on the Childsmile link.

Diet and Drinks
Most People know that sugar is harmful to teeth but acids (such as those in fizzy drinks and fruit juice) can also cause problems. Frequency of eating is key.  Try to limit the number of times you child snack, as "grazing" is known to increase the chances of dental problems.
Obvious sources of sugar are sweets (this includes chocolate), biscuits, cakes,ice cream and fizzy drinks.  These should be limited to mealtimes and kept as "treats".
Less obvious sugary foods which you should be aware of are cereals (especially sweets tasting ones) yoghurts, fruit juices (which are NOT suitable as your childs normal drink), jams, raisins etc.
We would never say never to these things but again mealtimes are best.
Look at the Carbohydrates (of which sugars) per 100g.
Anything over 5% should be treated with caution, you will be surprised how many foods and drinks this rule of thumb will highlight.
Dental Treatment
All children will be treated as NHS patients, this includes check ups, cleaning, childsmile, white fillings in "milk" teeth and white fillings on front "adult" teeth.  Filling on "back" adult teeth are of the metal "amalgam" type on the NHS.
White fillings are available on these teeth on a private basis and are charged at half the adult rate.  Obviously prevention is better than cure and this is our focus.

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