Caring for your children's teeth

Caring for your children’s teeth:

Give your child the best start in life with a healthy smile that will open doors for them, and prevent future dental problems.

If your child knocks a permanent tooth out, and you cannot get to your dentist immediately:

  • Clean the tooth under running water, avoiding touching the roots, and try to put it back in its socket.
  • If it won’t go, have your child hold the tooth inside his or her cheek.
  • You will need to store the tooth until you can see your child’s dentist – put it in saline as used for contact lenses, or water if saline isn’t available.
  • It is important to get the tooth back into the socket within two hours.

At SpectrumSmiles, we only treat adults and, while we’d be happy to treat the next generation, wouldn’t it be better if their smiles were perfect from the start?

  • Avoid tetracycline antibiotics during pregnancy, or giving it to your child before they are eight - it can cause staining.
  • Avoid junk foods and sweets which promote decay.
  • Watch out for clenching and grinding, and the headaches, backaches and neck aches often associated with it.
  • If your child’s teeth are crowded, or you see a permanent tooth erupting before the primary tooth has gone, consult your dentist.
  • If your child has a brace make sure that an oral hygiene regime is followed and that refined sugars are avoided - they can cause discolouration, which will be apparent when the bands or brackets are removed.
  • If a child’s tooth can be saved, don’t have it extracted. If a primary tooth is lost, ensure that your child has treatment to preserve the space – loss of space can lead to problems later on.
  • Children should receive dental exams from around the age of three.
  • If you see a spot on your child’s tooth, or they are turning dark that you cannot clean, consult your dentist early.
  • Try to ensure that your child’s primary teeth are preserved until they are lost naturally.

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