As a child grows, the teeth develop with them. Looking after these teeth should become habit for the child as early as possible, by encouraging regular brushing and daily flossing. Having well maintained teeth in childhood bodes well for the future, and will reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities – which can lead to tooth loss – in adult life. Help your child enjoy brushing and flossing with a fun brush, or turn it into a game. Anything you think could help your child get used to daily routine is good them. Preventing decay is less traumatic than having to have fillings, and a reduction in sugars in the diet will help this.

Braces are available for children who have cramped, spaced or crooked teeth. Your dentist will advise you on if your child needs braces, and when it will be appropriate for them to be fitted. Braces are free on the NHS for those under the age of 18, and are excellent in helping to reduce the risk of dental complications in the future – straight teeth not only look better, but are easier to clean and are less likely to develop gum disease.

Dentists are trained to deal with nervous patients, and children can be no different. Reassurance from parents is useful, along with dispelling of myths children spread about the dentist, but the dentist will help your child to become calm about procedures by explaining everything they are going to do, and allowing them to express their fears before reassuring them. Very young children react positively to having their parent in the room whilst they undergo treatment. Speak to HDC today about paediatric dentistry.

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