Children’s teeth care

Stradbrook Dental & Implant Clinic is a child-friendly practice and we are passionate about protecting young smiles from their very first tooth. Your child will usually start to get their milk teeth at around 6 months old. We recommend that you schedule your child’s first dental examination when they reach the age of 2, and following this, between every 3 and 12 months. Plaque can start to form on young teeth as soon as they emerge, and it’s important to implement a good oral health routine early – starting with that first tooth.

Keep your child’s smile healthy

You are the best person to help your child to understand the importance of keeping their teeth clean and fresh. Encourage them to brush regularly (using some of the tips below) and talk to them about the effects diet and lifestyle can have on their teeth and gums.

We are here to support you at every stage of your child’s development. At Stradbrook Dental & Implant Clinic, our experienced Tonbridge dentists will provide a thorough examination of your child’s teeth, remove any plaque build up, and talk to them about their dental hygiene.

Help your child to keep a healthy smile by:  

  • Reducing sugary snacks and drinks
  • Using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Visiting the dentist on a regular basis
  • Implementing a positive dental routine; brush well, twice a day

How can I encourage my child to brush their teeth?

Learning the importance of brushing your teeth at a young age puts you in the best position for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. However, we know that sometimes it can be a challenge to keep up the twice-a-day momentum, especially with young children. One of the most common problems in children’s dental care routine is simply not brushing for long enough. You know how it goes – they want to get in and out of the bathroom as quickly as possible.

We have a few tips and tricks to help you encourage your child to maintain a good oral health routine.  

  1. Play their favourite song and challenge them to keep brushing until it ends.
  2. Get an app. There are plenty of online apps that make brushing your teeth into an engaging game for your child, for example, with reward charts, demos and singing animals, so those two-minutes will fly by.
  3. Try out a fun toothpaste. This could be a novelty toothpaste, or simply change up the dispenser, for example, if you usually use a tube try a pump.
  4. Play dentist at home. By role-playing you prepare your child for what to expect from a dentist visit and introduce their accountability.

Let’s talk about sugar

Sugar is the primary cause of tooth decay in children. Often fruit juices aimed at children have more sugar than a can of Coke. We know that sugar is enemy number one in terms of teeth, but children love a sugary snack or drink. A glass of milk or fresh water is always better for their teeth than a fizzy drink or high-sugar fruit juice, but you can also help reduce the effect of a sugary drink by encouraging your child to use a straw. 

Confident children mean confident adults

How often do you hear of people who are scared to visit the dentist? Often, it’s the unknown and lack of familiarity that nurtures fears and anxieties. You can help your child become dentist-confident. Regular visits to the dentist for check ups will help them to understand the processes and what to expect, as well as build a relationship with their own local Stradbrook Dental & Implant Clinic dentist that will last into adult life.

Practice prevention

Prevention is always better than a cure, and regular check ups at Stradbrook Dental & Implant Clinic for your child are invaluable for halting tooth decay and gum disease, maintaining a bright smile into adulthood.

Contact Stradbrook Dental & Implant Clinic in Tonbridge today to book your child an appointment on 01732 770666.

We firmly believe that caring for children's teeth and teaching them good oral health habits early on is absolutely vital. Even if your child still only has baby teeth, the way in which they are cared for can affect the health of their permanent teeth.

Dental Treatments for Children in Tonbridge, Kent

Our dental therapists often care for our younger patients. They have specific training in working with children, and are able to give them advice and teach them how to care for their teeth, and carry out treatments such as fillings (on both adults and children) extract deciduous teeth under local infiltration analgesia and pulp therapy treatment of deciduous teeth.

As from 1st July 2012, legislation permits a Dental Therapist to work in any sector of dentistry. A registered dentist must examine the patient and indicate clearly in writing the course of treatment that the Dental Therapist is to carry out.

Other ways of helping to keep your child's teeth healthy are fissure sealants, which help prevent decay in vulnerable back teeth. We also have a range of protective sports mouthguards for youngsters involved in contact sports.


Check ups

At Stradbrook Dental & Implant Clinic we know that every smile is unique. Regular check ups are advised to complement a good daily oral health routine and to provide a preventative approach to dental issues.


    Hygienist services

    Regular visits to your hygienist puts you in the best position for detecting any oral health problems. Stradbrook Dental & Implant Clinic hygienists are trained to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums.

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