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…

Shaping smiles for the future

Smile enhancement for children isn’t about interfering with Mother Nature. It’s about finding a gentle route to healthier teeth and gums in the long term. At Happy Kids Dental we take a holistic approach with every patient, and advise parents if our smile enhancement treatments will be beneficial. Here’s a round-up of what we can offer and how it can help. The problem preventer: early orthodontics The field of early orthodontics is fast gaining traction as an excellent preventive measure. In assessing children as young as 6, we can identify potential future problems with bite position, jaw development and misaligned teeth. Treating children with gentle methods from around the age Read More…

Can a trip to the dentist EVER be relaxing?

Well, yes! We’re parents too here at Happy Kids Dental, so we understand better than anyone how to help if you have a child with dental anxiety and get them on board with visiting the dentist. From our building to our team and our equipment, we’ve worked hard to make visiting us easy and fun – and to put dental fear firmly where it belongs: in the past. All we ask of you is that you avoid passing your own anxieties or bad experiences on to your child. If they come to us with an open mind, so much the better for creating a lifelong positive relationship with the dentist. Read More…

Get grinning for National Smile Month!

National Smile Month runs from 14 May to 14 June –giving us dentists the perfect opportunity to remind everyone about the benefits of oral hygiene. Here are four ways Happy Kids Dental is working to put a permanent smile on our patients’ faces. We conquer dental fear Nearly everyone has a fear of something or another – but if your child has a fear of the dentist, it can put both their oral and general health at risk. Making dental fear a thing of the past is part of Happy Kids Dental’s remit – and we have put everything in place to make this happen. From our highly trained paediatric Read More…

A guide to brushing and flossing

It’s never too early to start taking care of your children’s dental health. Laying the foundations for good and healthy teeth is vital for your child’s development – not only for their teeth but it can also have long standing impact on their speech development too. Use a soft cloth to clean your baby’s gums. Start a few days after birth, and do this until the first teeth come in. Clean the gums and the teeth, when they arrive, by rubbing a clean, damp, cloth along the baby’s upper and lower gums. The easiest way to do this is to lay your child in your lap. Their head should be Read More…

Doctor or dentist – who do I choose in an emergency?

Kids are always getting hurt. It’s a part of growing up and how they learn. One of the more difficult aspects for parents is what to do when there’s a little more than a bump or a bruise that Mum can kiss better. It gets even more difficult when it comes to facial injuries and deciding where to take your injured child. Have a look at our advice on common childhood facial injuries and our suggestions on how best to treat them and get your kids happy again. Broken or lost teeth Children with broken teeth should see a dentist as quickly as possible. Treatment may include: Smoothing the rough Read More…

How to choose good drinks and snacks for your kids

We know that giving your child the right things to eat and drink is an absolute minefield. And while you might not think to go to the dentist for nutrition tips, the paediatric team at Happy Kids Dental is trained to offer tailored diet advice – so let us help you get a handle on healthy eating for kids. How can you protect your child’s teeth Here at Happy Kids Dental, we encourage educating your children about oral health – and that includes encouraging them to make right choices when it comes to what they choose to eat. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to know exactly what those choices should be. Read More…