Children and 18 year olds in full time education can be seen free of charge for NHS dentistry.
It is recommended that children should visit the dentist as soon as possible so they have the chance to get used to the environment. Afterwards, it is important that you bring them for regular check ups. Emphasis is placed on prevention of dental health problems rather than waiting for them to arise.
Oral Hygiene Advice for Children
– Brushing should start as soon as the first tooth erupts.
– Children under 3 years should use a toothpaste containing no less than 1000PPM fluoride (check the toothpaste label). They should use a smear (thin film) of toothpaste each time, and take care not to let the child eat the paste.
– Children 3 years or more should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing 1350-1500PPM fluoride.
– Children need to be helped or supervised by an adult when brushing until at least 7 years of be.
– Encourage the child to spit out the excess toothpaste after brushing, rather than rinsing with water. It is important to leave as much fluoride as possible on the teeth as this will protect from decay.
– Disclosing tablets can help to indicate areas that the child is missing when brushing.