You can count on the dentists at Guildford Heights Dental Centre in Surrey to guide you and your children each step of the way to a happy, healthy smile for life.
Caries Control for Your Child's Oral Health
The dental term 'caries control' refers to the treatment and prevention of tooth decay; in other words, it's all about preventing cavities.
Controlling decay is a crucial element to children's overall dental health, and the care they get now can affect them into adulthood.
For this reason, caries control is among our top priorities for our younger patients.
How does Guildford Heights Dental Centre help prevent dental problems in children?
We know that good, lifelong oral health starts in childhood! Regular professional cleanings and check-ups are crucial when it comes to maintaining excellent dental health as children grow up.
Guildford Heights Dental Centre provides the following services to support your children's dental health:
- Regular checkups & cleanings
- Fluoride treatments
- Specialized advice for children's dental hygiene routines
Together, these elements form the foundation to good dental health in childhood.
Oral Hygiene & Care for Young Children
Your child's teeth are susceptible to tooth decay the moment they begin to erupt through the gums.
Babies' teeth need to be cleaned twice a day, just like adults' teeth, to prevent dental decay.
If your baby doesn't have teeth yet, you can use a damp cloth to wipe the gums after feeding.
If you child gets thirsty between meals or at night, water is always the best choice, as it will help minimize the exposure to decay-producing acids that can result from milk and fruit juice.
Once your child's baby teeth start to come in, it's important to start brushing them, very gently, right away.
Apply a small dab of child-friendly toothpaste to an ultra-soft toothbrush, and brush your child's teeth and gums gently.
Once your child can spit out all of the toothpaste after brushing, you can switch to fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to consult with your dentist before making the switch!
When all the baby teeth have erupted, it's time to start flossing. Be sure to ask our staff about our special flossers for kids!
How often should children visit the dentist?
Children should have a professional check-up and cleaning every six months, just like adults.
Every patient is different, and certain children may require more frequent check-ups or cleanings.