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29 February 2016

Oral health care for earlier years.

There’s no denying that it is exciting when your child gets their teeth coming through. It is a major milestone and we all get excited about it; however, it can be quite daunting as well. Your child’s first set of teeth are so important when it comes to getting them used to having a good attitude to their oral health.

They establish the foundations for diligent adult tooth care, contribute to speech development and help to establish the proportions of the face – so very important indeed. Here at Confidental, your local family friendly dentist in Surbiton, we are trained to ensure we make visiting the dentist a comfortable and fun experience for your child.

Knowing how important your child’s oral health is to you, we thought we would share these useful tips to help you care for your child’s teeth effectively:


As soon as your baby starts getting a tooth, they need to have their teeth brushed with a fluoride toothpaste. You can buy special toothpaste for babies and children, but some aren’t suitable so please speak to your Surbiton dentist about recommended brands. You can of course use the family toothpaste for your child’s teeth as long as the fluoride amount is correct. You’re looking for between 1,350 and 1,500 PPM of fluoride but if you aren’t sure, please ask us and we will be more than happy to recommend a brand. It may be the case a child under 6 doesn’t need toothpaste with so much fluoride but it does still need at least 1,000 ppm.

When you’re using toothpaste with your child be sure to avoid letting them lick or eat the toothpaste from the tube or brush because they may start to see it as ‘food’, which isn’t something you want. Under the age of 3 children should be brushing with a smear of toothpaste, and between 3 and 6 with a pea sized amount.

Brushing The Teeth

Brushing your child’s teeth can be tricky, so it is important to start getting them used to it as early as possible. Before the child has any teeth you can clean the gums with a warm, clean muslin cloth to remove debris. You could also bring your baby in with you when you come to see us so they get used to the dentist. When your child has teeth, they should be brushed for around 2 minutes a day, once in the morning and once at bedtime. They should be spitting toothpaste out but not rinsing it and you should be supervising their teeth brushing until they are around 7 or 8 years old. Following this, you could still observe every now and then to check they are doing it right and for long enough.

Visit Confidental Surbiton For More Advice

If your child is due their first visit to the dentist (i.e. they have their first tooth), or you want more advice on how to care for their teeth, please call us on 02083991291 and we will happily book you an appointment.

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