Myth Buster regarding Baby's first teeth

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04/03/2018

Myth Buster 1 :Baby teeth don't matter

They do. It's really important to start encouraging your child to brush their teeth as soon as their first teeth come through. 

It's never easy to get a child to focus on brushing, but the earlier you get them used to it, the more likely they will be to get into a good routine.  

Take your child to the dentist when their first milk teeth appear. 

Appointments for children are free, and this will get your child used to check-ups and your dentist can give you information and advice on how to look after baby teeth.  Your child should then go for check-ups at least once a year, from 18 months old.  

Baby teeth have thinner and often less strong enamel, so have less protection against bacteria that metabolise sugar and cause tooth decay. Severe decay in baby teeth can cause abscesses that can harm your child's later, permanent teeth. If dental extractions are required for baby teeth, children are more likely to develop crooked or problematic teeth, as baby teeth help to create the right spacing.  

The number one reason for children to be admitted to hospital for a general anaesthic in the UK is for tooth extractions – don't put yourself and your child through this horror.  

Make sure they brush with a fluoride toothpaste (your dentist can advise on which one is best for your child, and information is also available in the Government's toolkit on oral health). Always supervise brushing for children under seven years-old, and ensure your child has a healthy diet – read our advice on how to protect children's teeth.

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Love this practice! Total trust in your abilities and expertise.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
Excellent dentist, lovely warm and welcoming staff. I love my Dentist Stuart, always chatty and makes you feel relaxed.
Shane
Hest Bank Dental Care has completely cured us of our previous loathing of dentists and dental practices…you know you are in safe hands and that the team do everything possible to relax you and ensure the treatments are as comfortable as possible.
Sandi & Polly Haythornthwaite
Lovely, pleasant place to come – both staff and premises spotlessly clean.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
Everyone is always so kind, gentle and helpful. I have always felt that I’m in safe hands.
David Dale
Even with having work done, Stuart made Phoebe (age 9) smile.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
Lovely, relaxed appointment. Sofia was lovely and explained everything very well.
S. Hardie
I love the dentist.
H. Payne
I like the up-to-date technology.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
Very pleased with my first appointment, Sofia was very thorough and pleasant.
D. Mclaughlin
Our whole family attend Hest Bank Dental Centre it is a fabulous, friendly and caring practice. The whole team make you feel very welcome at every visit. Highly recommend
Tracey
Bolton le Sands
Friendly and approachable (Stuart and Gen).
P. Gallagher
Wonderful as always! Thank you so much, no pain!!
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
Always a pleasure to visit.
M. Caygill
Thank you for your expertise and kindness.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
The whole ambience is very pleasant, lovely waiting room and great views. Kate has done wonders with my teeth. A caring team where everyone works together.
Mrs. Light
Always a happy place, everything is explained in detail. Very pleased with service.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
Very friendly staff, I wouldn’t change my dentist for the world.
A. Rashid
I've been a patient for a few year's now and I have to say I've never felt so comfortable going to the dentist. The staff are very friendly and professional and go way beyond the call of duty.
Toby Bush
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Emma T
Always very welcoming, friendly and reassuring.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
I'm always put at ease by the compassionate, professional staff.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
I won’t see anyone else.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
My dental nurse (Charlie) was excellent, it would be lovely to have her every time.
S. Todd