Chase the Sun Battersea Park 5K

Our team will be part of Chase The Sun Battersea Park 5K on 29th May 2024, supporting Momentum Children’s Charity. Momentum Children’s Charity makes a positive difference to the lives of very sick children and their families with personally tailored support to care for the emotional and mental wellbeing of every single family member. Every single pound donated makes a difference. Please donate today Happy Kids Dental has offered to match the amount of donations received.

The Link Between Handwriting and Toothbrushing: Understanding Your Child’s Manual Dexterity

As parents, we eagerly watch our children reach milestones in their development, from their first steps to their first words. However, some milestones, particularly those requiring fine motor skills, such as handwriting and toothbrushing, can present challenges due to the ongoing development of manual dexterity in children. Just as a child may struggle with the intricacies of holding a pencil and forming letters, they may also find it difficult to master the correct technique for brushing their teeth. This similarity underscores the importance of parental supervision in the early years to ensure the development of effective, lifelong oral hygiene habits. Understanding Manual Dexterity in Children Manual dexterity refers to the Read More…

Is your child a teeth-grinder?

You tiptoe into your sleeping child’s room for one last goodnight kiss, and expect to hear the sound of peaceful, quiet breathing. Except instead you hear their teeth grinding together whilst they’re looking distressed and you’re not sure what to do or if this is even a problem. Why is your child clenching their teeth? No one really knows why this happens exactly, although studies have been conducted to try and get to the bottom of it. Some believe it’s a response to the pain of another condition, such as an earache or teething; the clenching and grinding may help ease the pain. It could even be that the child’s jaw Read More…

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…

Sustainable Dentistry at Happy Kids Dental in London

Sustainability and climate change are hot topics, with the UK Parliament declaring a climate emergency in 2019. Providing dental care is energy intensive, and requires the use of many materials, each of which have a direct and indirect impact on the environment. At Happy Kids Dental in London we believe that sustainable healthcare should use the resources available without compromising the health of current and future generations, whilst also not impeding on the ability to deliver healthcare. At our London dental clinics we strive to follow eco-dentistry guidelines. This approach to dentistry can be described as the one, that focuses on the implementation of “sustainable practices by keeping resource consumption Read More…