The long term advantages of looking after children’s teeth

Looking after children’s teeth Glasgow must start at a very young age and the dental advice is for parents to give their babies gums a wipe once a day with a damp cloth even before teeth appear. Apart from cleaning their gums this gets them used to someone attending to the interior of their mouths. Once the first milk teeth arrive normally at about six months old, parents should gently start brushing those teeth with a very soft bristle brush. Brushing the teeth gently for about two minutes at specific times of the day, one of those being before bed at night, establishes a routine. It is recommended to only use children’s toothpaste containing no less than one thousand ppm.

First visit to the dentist

The sooner a child can experience a visit to the dentist the greater the chances of their dental experience being pleasant. A rule of thumb is about six months after the appearance of the first milk teeth. Regular six monthly visits thereafter will eventually become part of the automatic routine as they grow up.

Early dental care prevents later despair

Looking after children’s teeth Glasgow  provides the ideal surroundings for a calm and stress free visit. It takes dedicated staff who are trained at looking after children’s teeth Glasgow to be able to help young patients to feel relaxed in a dental surgery environment. Attending to the dental requirements of children needs a different approach to dealing with adults and for this reason staff are particularly careful of the words they use when talking to children. We understand that no child is born being fearful of the dentist so we need to maintain that positive attitude. It is necessary to instill a home from home type of environment so normally a play area is available for them to relax. Those first visits will mostly be more about meeting the dental staff and having a basic dental examination. Sometimes it is possible to spot problems early, like teeth not growing straight or a jawline that might be slightly misaligned. That is the whole point of introducing children to the dentist early ensuring that as they grow so their teeth and gums will be well maintained.

What do dentists look for when treating children

When young patients are brought to the dentist it is a great opportunity to assess the child’s reaction to the dental environment. Sitting in a chair that moves can be fun but how do they react to the big overhead light and the various bits of equipment. A dentist will probably not even switch on the drill until the fourth or fifth visit. A child’s body language speaks volumes and the dentist will be able to quickly identify if a child is relaxed, agitated or scared. Obviously crying is a huge indicator but shaking and restlessness are all signals that more needs to be done to calm the child.

Creating trust

In many cases a dentist will invite a parent or an older sibling to sit in the dental chair on the first or second visit if the child does not look relaxed enough. There are many ways that the experienced dental team can progress a child patient to a relaxed patient. Encouraging a child to rinse their mouth without having had any treatment helps to promote trust. The most important outcome is that a child patient grows into a comfortable and relaxed adult patient. All a dentist wants to achieve is a community with healthy teeth and gums and starting young is the key.