Taking Care of Your Child’s Oral Health

Smile Dental Practice offer friendly dental care for children in Bromley, Kent.

As a parent, we hope that our children grow up to have a fulfilling and healthy life.

Of course, this does not happen on its own, and whilst peer groups and schools certainly play a role in how a child develops, it is often what they learn in their very early years from their parents which determines many of the paths in life that they choose.

This even applies in the area of oral health care, and parental guidance plays an important role in ensuring that their children’s teeth and gums remain healthy until they are old enough to take responsibility for their own teeth.


Although it can be sometimes frustrating, it is important for children to be supervised when they brush their teeth. Both timing and method of brushing can be monitored this way. As a rule of thumb, this should be done until they are able to tie their own shoes. By ensuring that they clean their teeth effectively, the child will be off to a good start as far as their oral health is concerned.

Professional care

However well a parent supervises their children’s oral health habits though; the guidance of an experienced children’s dentist is also essential.

By offering a child friendly dental service at our Bromley practice, we hope to encourage parents to bring their children from a young age.

Even if no treatment is necessary; familiarising them with a dental environment can help to reduce any levels of dental anxiety that might develop later on in life.

At the Smile Dental Practice, we offer fully comprehensive children’s visits which include an educational discussion with them about the importance of looking after their teeth, as well as advice on how to achieve this.

Play also plays a key role in a child’s understanding of dental care and we make use of puppets to explain elements of dental care in a way that the child can understand.


Hopefully, with regular brushing and regular visits to our practice, much treatment can be avoided.

Sometimes though, a small procedure such as a filling might be needed, and, as a parent, you can be assured that we do all that we can to make sure that the procedure, from start to finish, is as comfortable and stress free as it possibly can be for the child.

To book an appointment for your child to see one of our dentists, please call the Smile Dental Practice in Bromley on 020 8462 2473.