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Taking care of your child’s teeth instills healthy habits and provides a good oral foundation. Teaching children to protect their teeth with proper habits protects their primary teeth from improper care. Ask our team of oral healthcare professionals in our London dental practice how to care for your child’s teeth.

Preventing Children’s Cavities and Tooth Decay

As a parent, you want your child to have healthy gums and teeth. Below are some ways you can help protect their teeth and prevent decay.

Supervise Children Aged Under Seven When Brushing Teeth

Children at this age may have the best intentions brushing their teeth, but they may miss areas, brush incorrectly, or swallow toothpaste. If your child wants to brush their teeth themselves, let them. A parent should do a final brush, ensuring that every tooth surface gets cleaned.

As you supervise their tooth brushing, make sure children aren’t brushing too hard, as this may hurt their gums. Teach them to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and brush in gentle circles on all tooth surfaces. For parents of babies, use a soft baby toothbrush or a clean, damp washcloth to brush their gums and teeth.

Brush with Fluoride Toothpaste Two Times a Day

Mouths contain bacteria that react to the sugar we consume through food and drinks, producing an acid that can wear away a tooth’s enamel. Cavities may result when this happens. Proper brushing gets rid of harmful bacteria and sugars and keeps teeth clean and healthy. Using fluoride toothpaste makes teeth stronger and more resistant to the acid produced by the bacteria. This toothpaste reduces the risk of cavities and helps reverse early signs of tooth decay.

Children over six can use an adult-strength fluoride toothpaste formula using about a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

Don’t Rinse Their Teeth After Brushing

Little ones who rinse their mouth out with water after they finish brushing may be putting their oral health at risk. Rinsing a mouth after brushing, whether with water or mouthwash, removes fluoride that needs to stay on our teeth to do its job. We need fluoride to protect the teeth, preventing tooth decay. Instead of rinsing, have your child spit out as much toothpaste as possible, letting the fluoride can do its work.

Limit Juice or Fizzy Drinks to Main Mealtimes

The mouth bacteria that feed off of sugar and release acid have a field day with fruit juice or fizzy drinks. These types of beverages have plenty of sugars (either natural or added) and syrups for sweetness. These types of beverages can cause a lot of harm to teeth and should be consumed in moderation, such as with a meal.

In between meals, parents can provide milk or water. Milk contains natural sugar, but it provides little ones with calcium and vitamin D for growing and maintaining healthy bones. Water is a healthy choice, keeping kids hydrated and satisfying their thirst at the same time without any harmful sugars.

Use a Straw for Fizzy Drinks

During mealtimes, offer children a straw for their drink to reduce their chance of cavities. Sipping from a cup enables the drink to pool in the mouth and can have a harsh effect on teeth. A straw helps position the beverage toward the back of the mouth. This reduces the effects of acidic beverages since the teeth are less exposed to the sugar and acid in the drink.

Of course, this is only helpful if a child consumes the drink immediately. If they swish the fizzy drink around their mouth before swallowing, the helpful effects from using a straw are moot.

Encourage your Child to Consume Drinks Quickly

Drinking fast has advantages for teeth. The damage sugar does depend on the amount consumed, how long it’s in the mouth, and how often the teeth are exposed to it. Sipping a beverage over time coats the teeth in sugars over and over with each sip.

Limit Sweets to Immediately After Meals

Similar to consuming drinks quickly, limiting eating sugary foods to mealtimes is better for your teeth. Eating creates extra saliva in our mouths which helps protect teeth and keep the mouth clean. The more little ones eat sugary food items, the more their teeth are exposed to the sugars and acid that can cause decay. Instead of having sweet treats between meals, having them right after meals limits exposure to sugars.

What to Do If Your Child’s Primary Teeth Are Decayed

Make an appointment with our children’s dentist when your little one shows signs of tooth pain or decay. Leaving decayed teeth without treatment makes dental issues worse over time and treatment becomes more involved and more expensive.

Ask Your Paediatric Dentist’s Advice About Fluoride Supplements

Using fluoride decreases dental cavities. Many children receive a sufficient amount of fluoride through a combination of fluoridated toothpaste and fluoridated water. For children 6 months and over whom do not receive enough fluoride, we may recommend supplements. Fluoride supplements come in drops, tablets, or vitamins. They are suitable for children who are susceptible to tooth decay due to family history or other reasons. The dosage we recommend depends on what we see during an oral health exam.

See the Children’s Dentist and Have Their Cavities Filled

Dental cavities are a common problem in children worldwide. We recommend that you bring your child to the paediatric dentist to assess the damage and treat their cavities. Children’s dentists may fill cavities in primary teeth to keep them healthy until permanent teeth come through. We use fillings to restore the appearance, shape, and function of teeth.

At Weymouth Street Paediatric Dentistry, we assess the decay, fill existing cavities, and remind your child of the best way to care for their teeth.

Ask About Fissure Sealants to Protect Your Child’s Teeth

The small grooves in the molars and premolars may be large enough to warrant fissure sealant. This protective plastic coating takes moments to apply and harden. The thin coating stops food and bacteria from going inside the tiny grooves, reducing the risk of tooth decay. Unlike fillings, which are restorative treatments, fissure sealants are preventative treatments for children.


Kishor Patel
04/03/2021
Really good clinic, very patient with my son who has severe autism. Extremely understanding, going to the dentist is so difficult for my son, it’s just nice when the clinic/practice tries to make the whole process more comfortable
Dani K North London
02/03/2021
We we extremely happy with the excellent dental work our son received for a condition that he has. Dr Attari is fantastic and we are very lucky to have her looking after our boys teeth. Highly recommended.
Mother of 3
26/02/2021
Dr Attari and her staff are fantastic. We’ve been going for years. Gentle bedside manner and friendly atmosphere. My kids have no anxiety nor discomfort despite a few fillings, orthodontia, etc. which is great... I know some people who avoid the dentist, even as adults, because they associate it with pain.
AC
25/02/2021
Fit us in for an emergency appointment without issue. Very relaxed atmosphere. Great with our little one who was a bit overwhelmed, understandably. Put our minds at ease.
J
25/02/2021
Our daughter loves Dr Maria Kalkani, who has a really great way with kids!
Lucia
22/02/2021
They are friendly and very kind with kids. I have received a very good service and they have advised about treatments required by my 10 years old son very well.
Mrs B. D
18/02/2021
Sonya
18/02/2021
I always feel my children are so well taken care of at this clinic. All the dentists and hygienists are professional, friendly and very good with children. I used to visit this same clinic as a child and now bring my own kids here- I think that says it all.
Claire L
15/02/2021
We saw Maria after our little boy had an accident and cracked his tooth and was in pain, honestly I cannot recommended her enough! Maria made us feel at ease as soon as we walked through the door, she took her time to go through everything with us and took extreme care when removing his little tooth. She was amazing!
Monika
08/02/2021
Great service. Friendly and competent staff. Happy kids with shiny and clean teeth!

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