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Oral Health

sugar swapVisiting the dentist from an early age is important to get babies and children used to the experience and also to prevent any problems before they develop. Visit the dentist regularly from the time a babies first tooth erupts. Remember the first teeth (milk teeth) are just as important as the adult teeth, decay can cause problems with new adult teeth. Looking after your child’s teeth prevents tooth decay, pain, unnecessary accident and emergency attendances and school absences.

Tooth decay is mostly preventable and Harrow’s Children’s Centres regularly run oral health promotion sessions and invite parents to receive their free dental health pack.

Dental care is free for children! Did you know that the top reason for accident and emergency admissions in Harrow is for dental extractions caused by decay? Avoid unnecessary sleepless nights and admissions to hospital by visiting your local dentist and helping your children to practice good oral health habits from a very young age.

If you are pregnant or a mother with a child under the age of one, dental treatment is FREE and if you are aged 18 and under, or 19 and under and in full time education dental treatment is FREE.

Our Children’s Centres recommend these top 5 tips to support you in achieving good oral health for your child, we recommend:

  1. Take your child to the dentist before the age of one and as soon as their first tooth erupts and visit regularly
  2. Brush twice a day – after breakfast and at bed-time, after brushing spit the toothpaste do not rinse, use a smear of toothpaste for children under 3 and a pea size for older children
  3. Ask your dentist about the fluoride varnish
  4. Introduce drinking from a cup from six months.
  5. Cut the amount of sugar children eat and drink. Water and milk are the best drinks for children, avoid fizzy drinks or fruit juices that contain lots of sugar which is bad for teeth and causes decay. This includes using sugar free medicines where possible.

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