Taking care of your child's teeth

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Prevention is best!

Children are born free from dental disease, yet by adulthood 95% of the population has active gum disease and most people have experienced some tooth decay and even tooth loss.

At Drayton Dental it is our belief that dental disease can be prevented – and we feel so passionately about this that we provide FREE dental health examinations for children right up until their 18th birthday when a parent joins our practice and attends a family appointment.

Regular Care for your family

In order to maintain a healthy mouth and confident smile for life, it is essential that effective dental care starts early. Families at our practice are encouraged to bring their children to us for their initial visit as soon as their first tooth appears. After that, regular dental visits are vital for maintaining long-term dental health to help keep mouths free from tooth decay and gum disease.

By teaching children the most effective brushing techniques from a young age, they will take these skills into adulthood.

When to start brushing?

Our advice is start early! As soon as their first tooth appears, introduce your child to a toothbrush and toothpaste. Children up to three years old should use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1,000ppm (parts per million). After that, we should all use toothpaste that contains 1,350ppm - 1,500ppm. Children should use a pea-sized amount on their toothbrush and babies just a smear.

My teeth feel great now! Thank you for making me like the dentist.
— Mattias



Enjoying a wide and balanced diet is important for people of all ages, but particularly for children who should be encouraged to eat healthily from as young as possible.

The food and drink we give our children at an early age can have a drastic effect on the health of their teeth - shaping their adult eating patterns. It is well known that sugar causes tooth decay. However, it is not just the amount of sugar contained in children's food and drink that matters, but how often these sugary things are in their mouths.

Here are three top tips:

Sweets and chocolate

Encourage savoury tastes wherever possible. However, when eating sweets and chocolate, do so in one sitting rather than spreading them through the day. This is so that children's teeth are not exposed to sugar for too long.

Limit sweet foods and juice to mealtimes

Fruit juice contains natural sugars that can cause decay. Dilute juice with water and limit it to mealtimes. Milk and water are best between meals. Eating these foods and drinks at mealtimes helps lower the acidity levels in the mouth caused by sugar.

Cut down on sugar

Sugar causes tooth decay. It is not just the amount of sugar in food and drink that matters, but, more importantly, how often there are sugary things in the mouth. Sweet drinks (especially those in a bottle or with a sports cap), sweets and lollipops are particularly bad because the teeth are bathed in sugar for a considerable time.