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…

The Importance of Gum Health for Your Child

Ensuring your child has a healthy mouth and healthy teeth starts before the first teeth erupt into the mouth.  Healthy oral health habits will prevent or reduce the risk of dental caries (tooth decay) in children and should begin with keeping your child’s gums healthy from birth. Although your child is only consuming breast milk, formula milk or water for the first few months, and these are all incredibly important sources of nutrients and health for your child, milk still contains natural sugars which can influence the bacteria in the mouth towards tooth decay.  Keeping the gums clean Cleaning the gums twice a day is sufficient whilst your baby is Read More…

6 Strategies to Calm Nervous Children Before their Dentist Appointments

When recalling your own childhood fears about dentistry, it’s easy to understand how and why children are anxious about their visit to the dentist. This is all the more reason to find and implement calming strategies for kids to help them cope with their visit to a dentist. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes may perhaps prompt childhood memories of your own; remembering your own experiences can help you get on a child’s level about the potential for anxiety. Children worry about separation from their parent(s) and being in the presence of a relative stranger. There is also the fear of certain procedures, (such as injections and drilling amongst 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…

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…

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…