While research over recent years has revealed that the health of children’s teeth has improved, it’s still true that five year olds in the UK rank only seventh in Europe for dental health, and children from disadvantaged backgrounds are 50% more likely to have tooth decay.
So learning about how to keep teeth healthy from an early age is still important, and your private dentist in chelsea or hygienist at the Chattering Class Clinic is always on hand to advise on how to take care of your children’s teeth to prevent decay.
Some tips for healthy young teeth include starting brushing your baby’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through – usually at around six months, but it can be earlier or later.
Children under the age of three can use a smear of family toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm (parts per million) fluoride, and between the ages of three and six they can use a small blob of toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride.
Brush your child’s teeth twice a day, once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day. Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it.
With a tooth-brushing routine established at home, bring your child with you when you visit the Chattering Class Clinic, so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist, who can identify any problems at an early stage.
 Just opening up their mouths for the dentist to take a look is useful practice for the first time they need treatment, and will help to make a visit to the dentist as routine as it is for you.


The importance of telling your dentist about any changes to your general health has been underlined in a timely reminder issued by the British Dental Health Foundation.
It is especially important to tell them if you are pregnant or have heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or have ever had a stroke. You also need to tell them about any medicines you are taking as these can affect both your treatment and the health of your mouth”, says the Foundation.
Gum disease is another issue raised by the Foundation, which comments that although there is some evidence that gum disease runs in families, the main cause is the plaque which forms on the surface of your teeth. To prevent gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day.
When you make one of your regular visits to your dentist or hygienist at the Chattering Class Clinic, your teeth will be given a thorough clean to remove any scale or tartar, which may take a number of sessions.
Your Chelsea dentist will also show you how to effectively remove the soft plaque yourself, by cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly at home. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria which forms on the teeth and gums every day, and leaflets are available from the Chelsea Clinic to help you with your home treatment.
Gum disease is an on-going problem, but with routine home care you can slow down its progress and even stop it altogether. It’s important to remove plaque every day, and have regular check-ups with your Chattering Class Clinic dentist and hygienist, as often as they recommend.