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…

Help! My child needs a filling!

Some children are simply more prone to tooth decay than others – here’s what you can do about it. The problem of tooth decay in children isn’t always as clear-cut as we’d like to think. Many parents follow the oral health rulebook to the letter, ensuring their child brushes properly twice a day, and limiting sugar in their diet – only to discover at the dentist that their child has cavities. It can feel mortifying – not to mention completely unfair, especially when other children get away with eating far too much sugar and still enjoy healthy, happy smiles. The fact is that some children are simply more vulnerable to Read More…

Why should we care about baby teeth?

Baby teeth fall out naturally – why should we care about them? If you’ve gone through weeks of looking after a grizzly, dribbly, teething baby, you’ll likely be celebrating when that first tooth finally makes an appearance! But, as a new parent, you’ll know by now that every hurdle you overcome with your baby opens the door to a fresh set of challenges – and those first teeth are no exception. But why do baby teeth matter? Baby teeth are essential for getting the right nutrition Babies and children need a variety of nutrients to help them grow, and they get these from consuming an increasing variety of food and Read More…

How much does the tooth fairy pay ?

How much do Tooth Fairies across the UK pay? A recent conversation with our founder, Dr Roksolana Mykhalus, got us thinking about the Tooth Fairy – or Tooth Fairies – and how they each have different methods. Roksolana told us how one of her son’s teeth cost her £2. “I remember that morning how Marco came to the kitchen beaming with pride, holding £2 in his little hands and asking how soon he would lose all of his teeth, because that seemed like a good business opportunity to him!” So how much do you pay for a tooth?  Is £2 a lot or a little? How much does the Tooth 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…

6 easy foods for healthy teeth & gums

National Smile Month (14 May to 14 June) is fast approaching, and in anticipation of celebrating our patients’ happy, healthy smiles, this week’s blog post puts the focus on foods for healthy teeth and gums – because eating for a healthy smile will positively impact on your child’s overall health, both physically and emotionally. As parents, we are well aware that providing three perfectly balanced meals a day can be a real challenge – so here’s a grab-and-go round-up of the top foods to include in your family meals. Apples Top of our list of foods for healthy teeth are apples. Because they are high in fibre,  they act like 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…

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…