Kids Room & Hygiene Workshop
When we were designing our new building we wanted Dental Options to stand out when it comes to services provided for children. We came up with the idea of a children’s playroom to suit all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. The children’s playroom is situated beside the main waiting area upstairs. With a see-through window dividing the two, parents can take their children along to the dentist and feel comfortable that they are in a safe environment and having fun while they wait for their name to be called. This room gets the kids excited from when they enter and they immediately forget they are in the dentist. Watching cartoons and playing games can ease child anxiety in nervous situations and that is our aim here at the clinic. In recent studies, audio-visual distraction has proven to be a useful technique to calm children.
We hold workshops for children aged 5-12 years explaining in a fun and interactive way how to look after their teeth. We also provide tooth brushing demonstrations, diet advice and information on treatments to help prevent decay in children teeth.
These workshops are FREE OF CHARGE – Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance.
All the surgeries in the practice have a coloured themed roof to make it fun & attractive to the eye. Our aim is to make children feel happy, comfortable and put a little fun into looking after your teeth. We hold 3 Children’s Hygiene Workshops per week, free of charge and limit the number of children to 5 maximum. For 30mins the hygienist will chat to the children about oral hygiene, healthy food choices and how to brush your teeth. We hold the workshop in the Playroom as they are automatically at ease and interested from the word – GO! After the workshop the kids receive a certificate and leave feeling proud as punch along with their happy parents. We feel this is a great introduction to the clinic and puts the fun into looking after your teeth which is incredibly important from a young age. Rewarding the kids for bravery at the dentist can also pay off – stickers, stars & healthy treats to take home make them feel extra special.
Dietary Advice for Children
The first, and most important, piece of advice is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet for the whole family regardless of age.
- Follow healthy eating pyramid in conjunction with health care professionals advice.
- Take prenatal supplements as prescribed.
- Limit the intake of cariogenic foods for example those containing high amounts of sucrose.
- Avoid dipping pacifiers into sweetened food.
- Avoid excessive consumption of juice/sugars contained in drinks.
- Encourage weaning at 6 months.
- Continue the avoidance of the bottle to bed.
- Establish a routine eating plan.
- Avoid and discourage slowly eating sugary foods. It’s very important to note that decay in children and adults is related to the frequency and form and amount of sugar intake.
- Promote nutritious non cariogenic/non decay causing foods for snacks.
- Encourage majority of snacks to be consumed at regular mealtimes.
If you require further assistance your dentist will carry out a dietary analysis with you and your child.
Tips on Weaning
- If your child is already in the habit of bringing a bottle of juice to bed, gradually dilute the juice step by step with water until eventually only water remains.
- Its very important to never allow the child to eat in bed. Sugary sticky foods will be retained on the teeth. At night, saliva levels drop dramatically which reduces its antimicrobial function. Children should always be fed and then put to bed.
- Always ensure children’s medicine is sugar free.
Oral Hygiene for Children
- Use a flouride toothpaste with at least 500ppmf on the tooth paste packet.
- Use a small child sized toothbrush when child has sufficient manual dexterity.
- Always supervise children 2-7 years ensuring only a small pea-sized amount of toothpaste is used as to ensure swallowing is avoided.
- Brush for at least 2-3 minutes.
- Start with the surface of the teeth nearest the cheek and lips. Use circular motions with the toothbrush ensuring to contact both the gums.
- On the biting surfaces brush back and forth (never brush back and forth on the surfaces nearest the cheek and lips – this will cause the gums to recede).
- On the surfaces nearest the tongue, flick the toothbrush in an outwards motion. Do this for both upper and lower teeth.
- For children over 2 years it is advised to brush teeth with a toothbrush and tap water. If a child is at high risk for developing dental decal, ask your dentist.
- Never use mouthwash if child is below 7 years.
- If you require any further advice please enquire within.