Childhood is an important period of time in a person’s dental history, and at Deckham Dental Practice we know how important it is to get dental care right from the start. Although children will lose their ‘milk’ teeth it’s still very important to look after those first teeth. Milk teeth help children speak more easily and chew food correctly. They also maintain the space for a permanent set of teeth to follow.
At Deckham Dental Practice, we follow evidence based guidance from the department of health in their publication "delivering better oral health".
At the Deckham Dental Practice we actively encourage parents to bring children from the age of six months, but if you’re at all worried about how your child may react to this new environment we suggest you bring them along to your own dental check-ups to give them an introduction to visiting the dentist. It also helps for them to see how relaxed you are when visiting the dentist. Normally at the first visit we get to know the children and give them a “ride” on the chair with some free stickers!
It’s important to encourage your child to brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, however it’s a good idea to get children into the habit of brushing after every meal. If you’re the parent of a young child we recommend that you supervise and support your child’s teeth brushing so that they learn how to clean their teeth properly themselves, though its a good idea for a parent to do a final brush to make sure hard to reach teeth are also cleaned. To help you and your child develop the best dental routine we are happy to offer advice on important factors such as the correct toothpaste and toothbrush, the best brushing techniques and healthy eating habits for your child. We have specially trained oral health educators who will help get the message across to your child with a relaxed and friendly approach.
What to expect on a first visit: Your child’s first appointment with us is all about understanding their dental health and helping you the parent or guardian learn how best to help teach your child how to achieve good oral health. At your child’s first appointment we will want to discuss your child’s dental habits and medical history. Please call us to make an appointment for your child.