Back to school? How to avoid tooth decay in term-time

Did you know that tooth decay-related pain is a major reason for kids missing school? Staying at home ill with pain or traipsing to the dentist can mean a lot of missed hours in the classroom and even more trying to catch up on missed school work! With the school holidays coming to an end, let’s be honest – as parents, we’re relieved! Things will soon go back to normal as we finally regain the welcome familiarity of routine. Unfortunately, while we’re at the office and our children are spending time with friends or family, it can be difficult to monitor what they are eating. As a parent, your best Read More…

Meet our very own Tooth Fairy!

Our newest recruit needs a name – and that’s where you come in! Here at Happy Kids Dental we pride ourselves on our ability to recruit the brightest and best dental talent. Our handpicked team includes consultants and paediatric specialists who are leaders in their field. But with our latest recruit, we feel we’ve scored our greatest accomplishment yet… Meet our very own Tooth Fairy! The Tooth Fairy will be checking in with patients regularly via our blog, reporting on dental issues that affect your children and offering snippets of gossip from Fairyland. Our very own Tooth Fairy will also be providing Happy Kids Dental patients with special boxes to Read More…

A tour of our Toothbrushing Academy!

They might not have started big school yet, but that doesn’t mean your little ones can’t attend Toothbrushing Academy at Happy Kids Dental! Designed for children aged 0-3, Toothbrushing Academy is a fun way for children to get the best possible start in keeping their smile healthy and happy for life – all part of our preventive ethos at Happy Kids Dental. First stop: The Brushing Station For young children, becoming a patient at Happy Kids Dental also means joining our Toothbrushing Academy! Their dental visit will start with a trip to our animal Brushing Stations – always a huge hit with children, who love using the oversized tooth brushes 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…