Are you an expectant parent or have a very young baby? We’re encouraging you to take a little trip to the dentist so you can get the support you need to develop good dental routines as early as possible.
Every 10 minutes a child in England is admitted to hospital to have a rotten tooth removed, and only around one in five under twos have visited the dentist. By making an appointment early, even before teeth come through, you can get the advice you need to help make sure this doesn’t happen to your child.
Dentists can give you advice on keeping gums, teeth and mouths healthy at key stages in your baby’s development, such as moving on to solids or cups and teething. You can also get advice on how best to brush their teeth, sugar and healthy diets, weaning and more.
Not only that, but the earlier a baby starts having check-ups, the more comfortable they’ll be in that environment as they grow older.
We’d also advise pregnant women to keep up their dental routines, as often the hormonal changes your body goes through can increase your risk of gum disease or other issues.
Seeing an NHS dentist is free for babies and children or young people under 18, pregnant women and mums who have had a baby in the last 12 months. You can find a local NHS practice by visiting NHS