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…

Introducing #Lovetobrush

#Lovetobrush: let’s get more kids brushing their teeth! We all love that just-brushed feeling, so why don’t we brush more? Several statistics* have really shocked us recently: roughly 40% of kids don’t visit the dentist each year and sugar makes up 15% of the daily calories consumed by four to ten year olds in England. Research also tells us that over a third of all children starting school each year have signs of tooth decay and that tooth extractions are the biggest reason children are admitted to hospital for general anaesthetics in the UK! @HappyKidsDental Day out on a train, still love to brush! #LoveToBrush pic.twitter.com/lxaL9ehV17 — Viv (@VeeJay78) May Read More…

How much does the tooth fairy pay ?

How much do Tooth Fairies across the UK pay? A recent conversation with our founder, Dr Roksolana Mykhalus, got us thinking about the Tooth Fairy – or Tooth Fairies – and how they each have different methods. Roksolana told us how one of her son’s teeth cost her £2. “I remember that morning how Marco came to the kitchen beaming with pride, holding £2 in his little hands and asking how soon he would lose all of his teeth, because that seemed like a good business opportunity to him!” So how much do you pay for a tooth?  Is £2 a lot or a little? How much does the Tooth Read More…

Ouch that hurt!

Ouch, that hurt! What to do in a dental emergency No matter how careful we are, how well we watch our kids or how safe we try to keep them, accidents do happen. It’s rare for children to grow up without having had a bump or a scrape along the way – and the same goes for a dental emergency. So let’s focus on the second part of our parental responsibility: kissing it and making it better! When mouths are the bits that are bumped, the resulting injury can seem a lot worse than it really is. That’s because mouths bleed a lot, and the blood mixed with saliva can Read More…

4 signs your child needs early orthodontics

If you endured train tracks as a teenager, you may be worried that your children will suffer the same fate. But thanks to early orthodontics, it doesn’t have to be that way for the next generation! Treatment with early orthodontics can minimise the need for braces and is increasingly considered the modern approach. At Happy Kids Dental, we can assess your child’s bite and teeth positioning as early as age seven. Taking advantage of a child’s still-growing jaw means we can use gentle treatments that may prevent the need for surgery or long-term braces in the future. So if you have a child under seven, here are the top signs to Read More…

Help! My child is scared of the dentist!

As a parent, there’s nothing worse than seeing your child distressed – and a difficult dental visit can be as traumatising for you as for your little one. At Happy Kids Dental, we are passionate about making fear of the dentist a thing of the past, and our team is specially trained to help with dental anxiety in children. If your child is scared of the dentist, let us help get them on the right path to a lifelong healthy smile: from play-based activities to dental sedation, we will work with you and your child to find the best proven solution for your family’s needs. Here’s a round-up of what Read More…

Top 3 reasons to choose a paediatric dentist

You’ve been going to your dentist for years, and she’s a friendly professional, so why not just take your child to see her too? It’s a common question, and a very good one. Here are the top 3 ways your child will benefit from having their own paediatric dentist: A fun, child-friendly atmosphere Your grown-up dental surgery probably doesn’t have much in it aimed specifically at kids – a corner of the waiting area with stuffed toy and colouring books at best. A children’s dental practice like Happy Kids Dental, on the other hand, is decorated exclusively with children of all ages in mind, complete with bright colours, characters and Read More…

Fluoride – friend or foe?

How much fluoride do children need? Is fluoride bad for them? In a word, no – fluoride is proven to protect teeth against decay, but the debate about whether it should be added to our water has raged for the best part of a century. While the policy is thrashed out by politicians and public health bodies, it falls to us as parents to make sure our children are getting the right amount of fluoride for healthy teeth and happy gums. Fluoride – the facts Fluoride can be found everywhere – in the air, in our water (even non-fluoridated water) and in our food! A mineral that is naturally present Read More…

Calling all toothbrushes!

As part of our #lovetobrush campaign, we’re staging a toothbrush amnesty here at Happy Kids Dental. Bring your child’s old toothbrush into the practice and we’ll replace it with a FREE oral care pack! Replacing your child’s toothbrush is easy to neglect – how many of us wince at those frayed bristles every morning and evening while they’re brushing, only to completely forget about them minutes later? But using a battered old brush could be increasing your little one’s risk of child tooth decay. Here at Happy Kids Dental, we’re all about making life easier for parents, and our toothbrush amnesty is just one way of doing that. Step 1: Read More…

Help! My child’s tooth has been knocked out!

If your child has a knocked-out tooth, this is a dental emergency and you will need to get your child seen by a dentist as soon as possible. Seeing your child’s tooth knocked out can be just as traumatising for you as for your child. But while it can be distressing in the moment, if you act quickly, armed with the right knowledge, you really can achieve a positive outcome. Here’s what to do if your baby or child ever knocks out their tooth. What to do if a BABY TOOTH is knocked out DON’T attempt to put it back in the socket, as this could risk damaging the permanent tooth Read More…