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Little Teeth

We want children to love coming to the dentist and to have healthy teeth and gums as they move into adulthood and the best time to start this is when they are young.

Your child's oral health is extremely important for them, and we can work with you to keep their teeth and gums healthy and strong, as well as teaching them how to look after their teeth for life.

To ensure that good oral health starts early, we provide NHS care for children up to the age of 18.

Hints and tips to keep your child’s teeth healthy

You should teach your child at an early age how important good oral health is for them, now and in the future.

Here are a few simple steps to prevent gum disease:

  • Brush twice a day using fluoride toothpaste
  • To remove plaque, floss daily between teeth and under gum line
  • Limit sugary foods in your diet
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

Cleaning your child’s teeth

  • Stand or sit behind your child, cradling their chin in your hand so you can reach their top and bottom teeth more easily.
  • When the first teeth start to come through, use a children’s toothbrush with a small smear of toothpaste.
  • It is important to supervise your child’s brushing until they are at least seven.
  • Once all the teeth have come through, use a small-headed soft toothbrush in small circular movements, and try to concentrate on one section at a time.
  • Don’t forget to brush gently behind the teeth and onto the gums.
  • If possible, make tooth brushing a routine – preferably in the morning and last thing before your child goes to bed.
  • Remember to encourage your child, as praise will often get results.