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Children's Dental Tips

It is so important to look after your children’s teeth. Children are poor at brushing their teeth until 8 years old, so it is their parent or guardian’s responsibility to clean their child’s teeth in the morning and evening.


As soon as a tooth erupts into a baby’s mouth, usually around 6 months old, this should be brushed with a small soft toothbrush and special children’s toothpaste. We recommend these children see either a dental nurse for a quick check and advice if required, or me privately.


The golden hour is the last hour before bed. This is relevant for adults and children. Only water should be drunk. The saliva in the mouth should be of a neutral pH if this is the case. If anyone has food in this hour, they are increasing the likelihood of decaying their teeth, as saliva is reduced overnight whilst sleeping.

Tap water is best and regular drinking to flush any food from the teeth can help too. Sparkling water and Soda-streams are acidic so we would recommend to avoid these, or use a reusable straw.


Fluoridated toothpaste is useful for all ages as it reduces the chance of decay and strengthens your teeth. It makes teeth harder to get decay by increasing the mineral content of the teeth. Children should be using adult toothpaste by 6 years old to give the teeth the best chance of avoiding decay.


If there are large gaps between your child’s teeth, floss may not be necessary. If the baby teeth are right next to each other with almost no gap, floss can really help avoid cavities here, although it is unlikely a child can manage to floss until 10 years old. Adults are so important in helping optimise their child’s health to create good habits for life. 


Children seem to snack often throughout the day, which significantly increases their susceptibility to decay. Healthier snacks such as carrots with hummus, pita bread, sandwiches and whole fruit help to keep their tummies fed for longer. Chippies and biscuits are more likely to mean the child needs a snack again sooner, which as mentioned, increases their likelihood of decay. Treats should be limited to mealtimes so there is one acid and sugar attack rather than at random times of day; e.g. if Charlie eats all his dinner, he has an ice-cream straight after, rather than waiting 30 minutes and causing two acid/sugar attacks on his teeth.

I had my first visit at Garden Dental today on recommendation from a friend. Fi made me feel very welcome and is super friendly and caring with a very down-to-earth yet professional manner. I felt quickly at ease which is just what you want when you visit the Dentist. Everyone at Gardens was in fact wonderful and friendly. I'm very happy and will definitely will be coming back :-) thanks again!!
Natalie Thompson  
I can not recomend Fiona and Vicki enough. Have always dreaded going to the dentist until these guys. Cannot stress how easy they made each appointment, they give the good drugs so you dont feel a thing. They are also lovely and friendly and always great at making you laugh. seriously cant recomend them enough : )
Ali Uden  
I have never felt so relaxed or happy about going to the dentist. Fi and Vicky are incredible and make me feel so at ease. I really wouldn’t go anywhere else!!
Sian Casserly  
What an absolutely refreshing change to go to a dentist and come out after an amazing, painless process. Have not regretted changing to Fiona and her team.
Steve Bolt  
One of the best dental experiences to date. Fi was fun and lighthearted which made for a pleasant appointment. Super gentle and checked in with me often to make sure I was ok. Can’t recommend her and her skills enough!!
Kristy Whitchelo  
Fi and Vicki you are honestly such a fantastic dental team. I have been visiting for many years now and can not speak any more highly of you both. You make my visits feel so relaxed that it doesn't feel like you are even at the dentist. Thank you girls for always looking after me, you are the best
Louise Fox  
Just recently had a cleaning & cavity filled by the lovely Fi from Gardens Dental. She is amazing and works wonders not only on your teeth but also to ensure you are comfortable and at ease during your time with her! Would highly recommend her to anyone needing a local dentist!
Jess Lowcher  
First review because I just wanted to say Fi and Vicky are honestly the scared of dentists but they have made it the best experience ever. Very gentle, zero pain for multiple complicated procedures and don’t make you feel bad about not going to the dentist for ages ..they are super cool!
David Weaver  
Fiona is great to deal with and goes the extra mile, even ringing you in the evening to check that all is well. She is highly professional and a breath of fresh air. A thoroughly honest and approachable dentist.
Jez Rogers  
I had extensive work done on my lower teeth and a new top denture made. It was almost a fun experience.
Fi & Vicki are a great team, and their constant banter helped me to relax. They did so much to improve my smile and my self confidence. I highly recommend them both.
Helen Roberts