What to Expect at a Children’s Oral Hygiene Service

What to Expect at a Children’s Oral Hygiene Service

We are always talking about the importance of great oral health for children because learning about the importance of dental and gum care from an early age can prevent dental issues later in life. If you are looking for a children’s oral hygiene service or are wondering whether it is worthwhile for your child, we have shared some helpful information below so you know what to expect.

Scale and Polish

Perhaps the most well known element of any hygiene appointment is the scale and polish. This involves a deep clean of your child’s teeth to remove any scale that can build up, thus preventing permanent tooth decay and gum disease. We then follow up with a polish, where we clean the teeth using a specialist polish to make them sparkly clean and keep your child’s mouth feeling fresh.

Fluoride Application

During an oral hygiene appointment we will also apply a fluoride varnish to your child’s teeth. This coats the surface of the teeth, strengthening the enamel and helping to prevent decay.

Tooth Brushing Techniques

One of the greatest benefits of a children’s oral hygiene service is advice on tooth brushing techniques. This is really useful for both children and parents as our advice is tailored to the age of your child and the current status of their teeth. For example, younger children need supervision whilst brushing so it’s important that parents know the best techniques so they can make sure children are following the correct routine. Older children will benefit from listening to our dental team who are on hand to offer advice on how to brush those tricky erupting adult teeth or wobbly baby teeth. We can also provide advice on the best types of toothbrush for your child.

Healthy Diet Advice

This is the really important part, as getting into good eating habits now will help your child to stay healthy into adulthood. We can provide advice tailored to the age of your child on how to restrict foods and drinks that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, the best and worst times of day to consume such foods and how soon after eating to brush teeth. We can also give you some top tips on healthy snacks that will appeal to children and the best food and drink to include in their diet to promote healthy teeth.