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…

Bored of the bribes?

A new way to get your kids to brush their teeth Do you struggle to get your kids to brush their teeth properly? If so, you’re not alone – but with tooth decay on the rise, and sugar saturating our diets more than ever before, oral health is simply not negotiable when it comes to kids. So, if your family needs to change things up in the dental department, look no further than right here at Happy Kids Dental. Recently opened in central London, Happy Kids Dental is a paediatric dentist designed just for children. We actually make visiting the dentist an exciting experience – and in doing so, aim Read More…

They’re Sweet Enough Without It!

For the sake of your children’s teeth, here’s how to limit their sugar intake You shop organic at Ocado, you diligently make five-a-day a reality in your household, and your kids snack on dried fruit, cereal bars and vitamin-rich juices. But did you know that choosing ‘healthy’ options for your kids can dramatically increase their sugar intake? Phrases like ‘natural’ and ‘no added sugar’ aren’t always as clear-cut as they might seem – and while your efforts certainly give kids a boost in terms of fibre and nutrition when compared to the empty calories in a chocolate biscuit, what the labels on your beautifully packaged products are not telling you Read More…

What We’re Learning From Generation Z

Our kids have lots to teach us about our approach to their dental care – they just don’t know it! Move over, Millennials, because Generation Z is coming of age – and they’re already influencing how organisations operate, from retail through to education and healthcare. Unlike any other group before them, Generation Z, born around 1998 onwards, have never known life without smartphones and social media. Their connectedness has given them a new understanding of themselves, their health and their future. It’s especially important for children’s healthcare providers to embrace this, putting systems in place that appeal to Generation Z as they gradually move towards parenthood. Generation Z was programmed Read More…

Breaking the habits of a lifetime

As parents we all want to pass our good habits on to our children…. But when it comes to oral health, many of us have missed the memo that things have moved on since our own childhoods. Here we set the record straight about the dentistry dos and don’ts for the kids of today. Myth 1: Flossing is for grown-ups Not true! While in the UK many of us aren’t introduced to flossing until we’re in our teens, the fact is you’re never too young to start. Of course, no one expects a four-year-old to be able to floss – but we do know that children learn best through play Read More…

The Truth About Fluoride: Busting the Myths

Sarah Tukmachi, one of our specialist paediatric dentists, explores the real truth about fluoride. Fluoride is commonly found in toothpastes, mouth washes and dental gels. But what exactly is fluoride, why do dentists rave about it, and as a parent, should you have any concerns about fluoride? Our specialist paediatric dentist, Sarah Tukmachi, busts the common myths about fluoride. Myth 1: fluoride is not natural Fluoride is a mineral that is present in nature from many sources, from our natural water supply to tea, fish and beer. When added to drinking water, fluoride has been shown to drastically reduce tooth decay. The World Health Organization and Public Health England are 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…

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…