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At our dentist in Newcastle we would like to see patients from as young as one year old. This enables us to check for early signs of any problems and to advise on dental health and diet and to help establish good preventive habits from an early age. We emphasise the importance of dental health to children as they get older and how to take more responsibility for their own dental care.
Atkinson 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.
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 Atkinson Dental & Implant Clinic, our experienced Newcastle dentists will provide a thorough examination of your child’s teeth, remove any plaque build up, and talk to them about their dental hygiene.
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.
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.
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 Atkinson Dental & Implant Clinic dentist that will last into adult life.
Prevention is always better than a cure, and regular check ups at Atkinson Dental & Implant Clinic for your child are invaluable for halting tooth decay and gum disease, maintaining a bright smile into adulthood.
Contact Atkinson Dental & Implant Clinic in Newcastle today to book your child an appointment on 0191 281 3135.