Children’s Dentistry: We all know looking after your teeth when you are young goes a long way. One is never too young to visit a dentist. If we look after the primary teeth (or sometimes called milk teeth), it promotes and helps in the development of strong and healthy permanent teeth. The arrangement of primary teeth will predict the alignment of the permanent teeth, which means that if one has crowding in the primary teeth it is very likely that the permanent teeth will be crowded also.

Primary teeth (milk or baby teeth) help:

  • Develop speech in children.
  • Develop mastication (chewing) – develop the muscles for chewing.
  • Guide the permanent teeth to erupt in the right place.

How to look after children’s teeth?

Children’s teeth need looking after before the teeth erupt. It is very important to clean the gum with a clean gauge moistened in boiled water. Studies have shown that “teething” symptoms are significantly reduced if the above method is used every day.

Once the teeth erupt brush with a soft brush twice a day. Toothpaste need not be used until the child is 2 years of age.

The parents should actively supervise the child during brushing to be sure that all the teeth are brushed.

It is very important that the child becomes use to the dental surgery by taking the child for regular check ups, ideally every 6 months.

Roger Sharpe dental offers a wide range of preventive, interceptive and corrective treatment for children, including: fluoride treatment, pit and fissure sealants, filling with high fluoride content, stainless steel crowns and space maintainers.