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From around 6 months of age (sometimes earlier) baby teeth, sometimes called milk teeth, start to erupt. It is important at this stage to start getting your little one used to the habit of tooth brushing, and paying attention to their diet and sugar intake.

Teeth should be brushed twice a day with a toothpaste containing no more than 1000 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride, stocked by most supermarkets. Toothpaste does NOT have to be mint flavoured! Many children dislike the taste of mint, and luckily there are alternatives available. Always check the fluoride content on the label to ensure it has the correct amount for your child’s age.

Everyone knows that sugar is bad for our teeth, but did you know that it is how often you have it, rather than how much you have that does the real damage to teeth? For example, it is worse for your child to eat one sweet every hour, than to eat the whole packet of sweets in one go!

It is really important to look after the health of baby teeth as they are essential not only for eating but for speech development, facial appearance and saving space for the adult teeth to grow into. At this early age a formal check up is not required, but it can be helpful to bring your child with you to get them used to the experience from an early age.

At around the age of 5-6 years, front teeth become wobbly and the first adult teeth will start to emerge. At this stage your child should be using a thin smear of ‘adult strength’ toothpaste containing 1450ppm of fluoride, twice daily. It is recommended that children are supervised with their brushing until the grand old age of 8!

The first adult molar teeth do not replace any baby teeth but grow in behind them at the back of the mouth. Many people do not realise that they are permanent teeth and so do not look after them properly, which can lead to problems with decay. At this stage your child MUST be seen regularly for check ups so any problems can be caught at an early stage.

Fluoride applications will be offered at each examination appointment to help strengthen the enamel against acid attack which leads to cavities forming. Children deemed to have a higher risk of cavities forming will be offered fissure sealants. The sealants work by filling in the small ‘fissures’ or gaps on the biting surface of the teeth, this means that food cannot be trapped in these spaces and the teeth are easier to clean. They are simply painted onto the surface of the cleaned teeth and are quick and pain free to apply.

Around this age your child will be losing baby teeth and gaining adult teeth at a rapid rate. The mouth can appear very crowded with baby teeth hanging on and adult teeth peeping through, making cleaning difficult and eating potentially painful. At this stage we will start to assess the mouth for crowding or any other issues which may require bracework to resolve.
The teenage years come with increased independence, and tooth brushing and diets are usually no longer closely supervised. We hope by this stage that all the prevention training we have given them over the years will be ingrained, however regular dental examinations can help us to reinforce these and spot any issues early on.

Braces are a big feature in this age group as this is the time that all adult teeth are now present and any crowding can be dealt with. As always, it is vital that the teeth are kept clean, especially if braces are placed as poor oral hygiene can lead to unsightly white patches developing caused by enamel demineralisation (see white spot lesion).



We offer children’s membership plans that provide excellent value and ensure every child gets the best dental care from the get go.

AGED 0-6

Free check ups and fluoride application

AGED 7-12

£2.99 per month
(just 10p per day)
2 dental health examinations per year
Free fluoride application and dental health education
Intraoral x-rays

AGED 13-18

£4.99 per month
(just 16p per day)
2 dental health examinations per year
Free fluoride application and dental health education
Intraoral x-rays

Additional Info

Who is
membership for?

Our membership plans are open to new and existing patients. Every patient will be able to find a plan that’s suited to them – our expert team will help to guide you to the best one for you.


Additional membership benefits

In addition to the excellent value for money that our plans afford, we offer members of Oakwood Dental Practice lots of additional benefits:

● 10% off cosmetic treatments including teeth whitening, straightening and smile improvement (exclusions apply)
● 10% off routine dental treatments
● Early access to special offers and events
● Access to Global Dental A&E Assistance Scheme