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Your Child’s Oral Health

2015 January 29
by Sanjay Narda

Taking care of children’s teeth from an early age.

Most parents want what is best for their children. From bringing them up correctly to seeing them through the school and difficult teenager years into adulthood, we do our very best to give them a good start in life.

It is sometimes surprising then, that some parents neglect to give sufficient thought to their dental care, at least until the first toothache strikes. Recent news reports have stated that one in eight young children suffer from tooth decay due to a high sugar diet.

Starting Early

Like many other dentists, the Bank House Dental Centre in Buckinghamshire, started life as a family dental practice and this is something that we are proud to continue to this day. Indeed, because of the importance that we place on getting children off to a good start with their oral health care, there are no charges for children under four years of age.

Whilst there is no need to bring your child whilst still a baby, once their first teeth have come through, it is a good idea to bring them to us for an initial examination.

Although it is highly unlikely that any treatment will be needed at this stage, it is still useful to do so, for two main reasons.

Firstly, we may be able to spot potential problems and offer advice about how they can be avoided. For slightly older children too, we can offer advice on the best way to brush their teeth. This advice can stay with them throughout their life and help them to avoid gum disease and tooth decay.

Secondly, by bringing a very young child, it enables them to become accustomed to the dental treatment room environment and will, hopefully, help them to avoid the fear that many people experience later on in life.

Young children especially, are likely to hear exaggerated tales in the playground, about how painful dental visits are. However, if the child has been used to seeing a dentist for a while, they will hopefully be able to dismiss these tales.

Prevention

At such a young age, prevention is key. We all know that it is almost impossible to prevent children from eating sweets, however hard we try. Because of this, it is especially important that they have a good oral health regime.

Children should always be supervised when brushing their teeth. Failure to do so will often mean that the child simply sucks the toothbrush and does not follow the dental education which they’ve been given. It is also important to change the toothbrush every three months or so in order for it to remain effective.

This oral health regime, combined with regular visits to the Bank House Dental Centre, conveniently situated for patients from Aylesbury, Wendover and High Wycombe, will help your children to have strong and healthy teeth and set them on the right path to good dental health for life.

For more information, please call the Bank House Dental Centre on 01844 343381.

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