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Growing teeth need plenty of attention, which means looking after them effectively at home. Bringing your youngsters to see the dentist for preventative dental care.

Teeth start to emerge at around six months and this is the best time to bring your little ones for their first check-up. This will ensure they get used to the sights, smells and sounds of the dental practice, as well as encourage a more relaxed approach to attending appointments.

Your dentist can protect young teeth with a fissure sealant, a clear coating that shields the hard-to-clean back teeth by preventing bacteria from entering. Fluoride varnish can also be used to strengthen tooth enamel and make it more resistant to decay.

As well as regular visits to the dentist, an effective home care routine is essential for keeping developing teeth healthy. Your dentist can offer advice about how best to maintain the health of your child’s teeth between appointments. You should start to clean teeth as soon as they appear and continue this as children get older, with supervised brushing twice a day. Flossing can also be introduced when teeth start to touch each other.

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Children are inquisitive by nature, so it is quite common for them to ask a lot of questions during a dental appointment. It is their way of familiarising themselves with new surroundings. The dentist will introduce themselves and make the visit as fun as they can to help your child be at ease in their company.

Depending on your child’s age, the dentist may show them how to brush their teeth and take care of their dental hygiene. If they are too young to manage their own oral health regime, the dentist will show you how to clean their teeth for them.

The goal is to create a warm, welcoming, fun environment for your children, so they feel confident and comfortable before and during a visit to the dentist.

Visiting the dentist twice a year helps develop a routine and establish relationships with the dentist and the rest of the practice team.


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