All you need to know about… Brushing!

When and how often should my child brush/floss their teeth? It’s hard getting your child to brush their teeth – there are so many other more important & interesting things for them to do… or so they think. However, you know how important it is that they brush their teeth well, on a regular basis. One question we hear a lot from parents is how often should our children brush and floss, so here’s what we recommend.  When should they start brushing their teeth? Teeth should be brushed as soon as they’ve popped up, and the earlier you start them in the habit of brushing, the earlier you can get Read More…

All you need to know about… Teething!

How do I know when my child is teething ? Your baby’s first teeth usually start erupting at around 6 months old, however, there is a large variation in the age at which they can erupt, from birth to over 1 year old. Signs of teething will commonly start just before the first teeth erupt. Sometimes, baby teeth can erupt with no signs of pain or discomfort, however, often parents can notice: A sore, red gum or blue lump where the tooth is about to erupt Flushed cheeks Drooling Coughing or gagging Biting on hands/ hard objects Crying and irritability Refusing to feed Unusual night waking Rubbing the cheek/ face Read More…

They’re Sweet Enough Without It!

For the sake of your children’s teeth, here’s how to limit their sugar intake You shop organic at Ocado, you diligently make five-a-day a reality in your household, and your kids snack on dried fruit, cereal bars and vitamin-rich juices. But did you know that choosing ‘healthy’ options for your kids can dramatically increase their sugar intake? Phrases like ‘natural’ and ‘no added sugar’ aren’t always as clear-cut as they might seem – and while your efforts certainly give kids a boost in terms of fibre and nutrition when compared to the empty calories in a chocolate biscuit, what the labels on your beautifully packaged products are not telling you Read More…

Why should we care about baby teeth?

Baby teeth fall out naturally – why should we care about them? If you’ve gone through weeks of looking after a grizzly, dribbly, teething baby, you’ll likely be celebrating when that first tooth finally makes an appearance! But, as a new parent, you’ll know by now that every hurdle you overcome with your baby opens the door to a fresh set of challenges – and those first teeth are no exception. But why do baby teeth matter? Baby teeth are essential for getting the right nutrition Babies and children need a variety of nutrients to help them grow, and they get these from consuming an increasing variety of food and Read More…

3 Tips to Prepare Your Child for their First Dental visit

Official Public Health England guidance states that children should get a first dental check-up as soon as their teeth start to appear, which tends to be around 6 months. However, the statistics say, that 80% of children in the UK between the age of one and two didn’t visit a dentist. Usually, the reason for the delay with the appointment is…well, the fear of the dentist. For kids, it is a fear of the unknown and for parents, well, let’s be honest aren’t we are all a bit scared of the dentist? Importance of the early appointment with a paediatric dentist Early appointments are essential for making sure your child’s Read More…

Easter at Happy Kids Dental

 Celebrating Easter with Happy Kids Dental. We love making oral care exciting and fun so we have teamed up this Easter with Brush-Baby with an Easter Tombola! Everyone who pops into our Marylebone practice until Saturday 20th April 2019, participates and wins one of our favourite Brush-Baby products! Brush-Baby was created by a mum who felt that young children’s oral health wasn’t given the attention it deserves and wanted to help by providing children with the best start for their oral health so that as they grow up they can have the beautiful smiles that they deserve! Did you know choosing the right toothpaste for your child’s teeth is mainly about Read More…

Myths & Facts about orthodontic treatments

Myth: Expansion will prevent my child from having extractions. Fact: Expansion will reduce the likelihood of your child requiring extractions. If your child presents with severe crowding, over 8mm or midline issues, then extractions maybe the safest and best way to treat your child. Myth: Extractions will give my child a narrow smile. Fact: A good orthodontist will always strive to avoid unnecessary extractions. Correctly recommended extractions that are needed will not give your child a narrow smile. Myth: Extractions will damage my child’s profile. Fact: The number of orthodontic related extractions has dramatically reduced over the past decade. None the less there are cases where the only option is Read More…

Early orthodontics Treatments for children: Expansion or Interceptive Extraction

On our Early orthodontics page we have discussed various types of treatments that can help your child if his jaw is still growing. Types of early orthodontic treatments are: Expansion Thumb sucking habit cessation Interceptive extractions Growth modification (Functional/ myofunctional braces) In this blog post, Dr. Amina will talk about Expansion and Interceptive extractions 1. Expansion This treatment aims to widen the upper and lower jaw. Generally, expansion is more stable in the upper jaw compared to the lower jaw. This can be done with removable braces of fixed braces. Often there is a spring or screw/ key mechanism that is used to widen the upper or lower jaw When is it used? Correction Read More…

Early orthodontics Treatments for children: thumb sucking habit cessation

On our Early orthodontics page we have discussed various types of treatments that can help your child if his jaw is still growing. Types of early orthodontic treatments are: Expansion Thumb sucking habit cessation Interceptive extractions Growth modification (Functional/ myofunctional braces) In this blog post, Dr. Amina will talk about thumb sucking habit cessation. Thumb/digit sucking habits, also known as non-nutritive sucking habits (NNSH), are common in children aged 0-5 years old (75%). Most children will outgrow their habit by the time they are 7 years old. However, research states that 12% of children will continue NNSH after 7 years old. Why do children develop these habits? Comfort and security Learned behaviours What happens Read More…

Types of Early orthodontic Treatments: Growth modifications

On our Early orthodontics page we have discussed various types of treatments that can help your child if his jaw is still growing. Types of early orthodontic treatments are: Expansion Thumb sucking habit cessation Interceptive extractions Growth modification (Functional/ myofunctional braces) In this blog post, Dr. Amina will talk about thumb sucking habit cessation. This treatment uses functional/ myofunctional appliances to enhance the growth of the lower jaw, and correct issues with the bite and also improve the profile. We know that these braces don’t work by “growing” the lower jaw. They actually enhance any growth potential, but move the teeth in blocks. This is type of treatment is most successful before or during Read More…