Family / Children Dentistry Haywards Heath
At Gresham Dental Practice, we take great pride in treating children.
We are a Family practice and will always welcome children of all ages.
Infants and Toddlers
We always encourage parents to bring their children from the day they are born. This will make dental visits feel as normal as possible.
Taking care of your infant’s baby teeth and gums sets the stage. We encourage your child’s first dental visit by the age of 1 or after the first tooth erupts.
Once your child’s baby teeth erupt, brush them with a small soft bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste after feedings and at bedtime.
Children are not programmed with a fear of the dentist. However a place like the dentist’s surgery can be scary for little ones. The trick is to try make this new experience as a fun one. It is also a means of behavioural conditioning when the child sees his or her parents sitting in the dental chair. Encouragement to then sit on the lap of his or her parent will be the next goal. The better your child’s experiences are with the dentist early on, the less likely he or she will be to develop a fear of the dentist.
You can start teaching your child to brush as early as 2 years old. They will require supervision and assistance until they are about 8 years old. Establishing regular oral hygiene habits will put them ahead of the dental health game as they grow up