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Dental Check by 1

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Young Madison Rae was very calm and relaxed when she popped into Moreton Dental Care for her second check-up with the dentist.

The delightful 17-month-old sat on mum Carla’s knee while Dr Paul Sherrard had a look in her mouth and gave advice to Carla about how best to clean and look after her daughter’s teeth.

Carla has brought Madison along with her to appointments from a very early age to ensure she got used to visiting the practice and meeting the dentist.

This is exactly the advice being given out by the British Association of Paediatric Dentistry in a bid to stop the rot in children’s teeth.

The society says that for too long parents have wrongly believed that primary school age is the time to make your child’s first dental appointment.

It stresses the correct advice is to take them to the dentist as soon as their first teeth come through, or by the age of one at the latest.

Its campaign Dental Check by One reinforces this message and has been launched in a bid to stem the rising number of youngsters aged only two and three needing to have teeth taken out under general anaesthetic.

The society says it is vital that parents get key advice from the dentist about how to care for their children’s teeth correctly, including cleaning and dietary advice, and that youngsters can familiarise themselves with the practice and have a positive experience.

The society’s leaflet A Practical Guide to Children’s Teeth has clear advice on the care of children’s teeth from birth to adulthood.

“It’s a real help to get children into a good habit of healthy eating and drinking and cleaning from an early age,” said Dr Sherrard.

“The earlier we can connect and speak to a child and its parents the better. It also takes away the fear and makes the visit pleasant for the children.  As well as explaining how to clean teeth we also give mum or dad advice about drinks, snacks and cleaning.”'s%20teeth%20Nov%202016.pdf


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