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Our teeth are important, there is no denying that. What can also never be denied is that our teeth need to be tended to and kept as healthy as they can be at all times. It’s easy to do.

Brush, floss, avoid sugar, go to the dentist for regular checkups — it’s easy. What is not easy, however, is keeping your child’s teeth healthy. Whether it’s strops at teeth brushing time or a fear of the dentist, it is undeniably difficult to provide your child with a clean bill of oral health.

It’s difficult, but it’s not impossible. To find some advice on how you can keep your child’s teeth as healthy as can be, make sure to read on.

How to keeping your child’s teeth as healthy as can be - where to startKnow when to start

Were you of the impression that you should only begin tending to your child’s oral health when they get their first tooth? Well, if you thought this, you were wrong. Yes, if you want to keep your child’s teeth healthy right off the bat, then you should begin tending to their teeth way before their first tooth appears. You should do so as soon as they are born, in fact. You should do so because your child, whether they’re one minute old, one month old or one year old, will have about 20 primary teeth in their jaw. Some of these teeth are already fully developed, as well.

So, even before your baby begins teething, run a damp, clean washcloth around their gums. This will help to keep bacteria at bay, and that is something that needs to happen if you are going to hit the ground running when it comes to keeping your child’s teeth healthy.

Once teeth do begin to show themselves in your child’s mouth, make sure to use a specially formulated fluoride toothpaste, but only in small, grain-of-rice-like measures. Whilst you’re at it, make sure you use a specifically designed infant toothbrush, too.

Know when to see a dentist

As important as it is to tend to your child’s teeth yourself, you will have to hand over the reins of doing so to a paediatric dentist at some point, preferably around their first birthday. You should do so because, one, you will come into contact with all the information you need to look after your child’s oral teeth during their infancy. You should do so because, two, it will allow for any problems to be spotted by eyes that are trained to spot them, and the earlier they are spotted the easier it will be to get a diagnoses and then treatment for them. You should do so because, three, it will make your child more comfortable with the big, scary dentist and their chair, and the earlier your little one feels this comfort, the better.

children's dentistry at Tooth Doctor - Dentist in Essex and ThurrockBe careful when choosing your child’s first dentist

If your child shows apprehension, or downright hatred, towards going to the dentist, then you’re going to have to do something about it. You’re going to have to do something about it because, whether they like it or not, your child has to have their teeth examined professionally. So, by hook or by crook, you must get your child into that chair that they so dread!

What should you do to get your child into a dentist’s chair? First and foremost, you have to pinpoint what it is that is actually troubling your child. Is it the dentist? If so, make sure to do some background research into the paediatric dentists in your area before you commit to any of them. Check out likeminded patient reviews online, and only ever consider a surgery if they, like Tooth Doctor, do actually provide them. Or is it the dentist experience on the whole that is making your child feel so apprehensive? If so, pay a visit to the surgery of your choosing yourself before you take your child with you so you can judge how child friendly the layout of it is.

Whatever you do, whether online or in person, just make sure you do your own market research before you commit to a surgery. Oh, and it might be a good idea to throw in a few incentives to go to the dentist for your children, too. One lollipop never hurt anybody!

Pretend to be a dentist at home

You, yes, you, should pretend to be a dentist at home. Yes, we know you’re not qualified. Yes, we know you don’t know your spoon excavator from your burnisher. Yes, we know you don’t know which end of the curette is the right way up. Want to hear the good news? You don’t have to!

By setting up a mock dental surgery at your home, or by giving your child some dentist-themed toys to play with, you will make the whole thing feel normal to them. When you make a visit to the dentist a normal thing for your children to experience, you win half the battle there and then.

To avoid those mid-checkup screams (and possibly bites), acclimatise your children for the dentist by starting the experience at home.

Making sure your child’s teeth are as healthy as can be is of the utmost importance. So, tend to them, get them seen by the dentist and get those little gnashers looking and working as well as they can.

Why Choose Tooth Doctor for Your Child’s Dental Hygiene?

Choosing Tooth Doctor for your child’s dental hygiene is a smart decision for several compelling reasons. Our experienced and friendly dental team is dedicated to providing premium paediatric dental care, ensuring your child’s oral health is in safe hands. We create a welcoming and reassuring environment to ease any dental anxiety your child may have, making each visit a positive experience.

Tooth Doctor offers a comprehensive range of dental services, from routine check-ups to specialised treatments, tailored to meet the unique needs of young patients. We prioritise preventive care, teaching children good oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime. Plus, our convenient locations and flexible appointment scheduling make it easy for busy families to access high-quality dental care. Choose Tooth Doctor for a lifetime of healthy smiles for your child.

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What Our Patients Say

Hay CHay C
10:35 23 Apr 24
I wanted to improve my smile for my wedding. I had a hygiene clean & teeth whitening. As someone who dreads the dentist they made me feel comfortable whilst being professional. Reccomend.
Terry WilliamsTerry Williams
14:47 02 Apr 24
Chelcie JollyChelcie Jolly
20:30 15 Mar 24
I went to Brentwood dentist very nervous because of bad experiences priorAnd I had such a good experience with Anthony the dentist there he is so patient calming and kind and I will be going to only from now onI thought he deserves a review and for fellow nervous patients i highly recommend
Carmen BogarCarmen Bogar
17:24 01 Mar 24
Lovely and welcoming People👌
Rebecca BrownRebecca Brown
19:12 23 Feb 24
Dr Anthony is a brilliant dentist, understanding, kind, explains everything simply, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.My partner has had bad experiences with the dentist, very anxious, Dr Anthony gave him confidence to return, my whole family will be joining you soon.
Ros ClarkRos Clark
08:15 03 Feb 24
I can’t praise the Brentwood Tooth Doctor enough. Having had previously bad experiences at dentists and not having been to a dentist for longer than I care to remember I went with trepidation. But I found everyone to be very pleasant and professional from the receptionist, the nurse and Anthony the dentist. Anthony was friendly, calming and never judgmental. My nervousness of getting treatment washed away. I can’t thank the team enough.
Sharon LapslieSharon Lapslie
09:54 09 Jan 24
Jade is lovely and patient. I’m nervous of the dentist, she talked me through everything involved in my tooth extraction. She was as gentle as she could be, I have the confidence to go back now for a check up to see what else needs doing.
matt aredematt arede
13:39 28 Dec 23
This is by far the best dentist I ever been. The receptionist Nanayaa was super simpatic and was calming me down before the consultation. I had a initial consultation with Dr. Anthony who was very helpful and understanding considering that I am a very anxious patient. He was gentle, kind and really solved my problem. After that I needed to do a filling with Dr.Jade as the days that Dr. Anthony works I wasn't around. She was so clever as she really understand my situation and helped me out to make the best decision in my case. Her assistant (also called Jade) was very kind on holding my hand while she applied the anaesthetic and the filling was great and I couldn't be more happier. TOTALLY RECOMEND.
Abbie RichardsonAbbie Richardson
22:57 01 Dec 23
After avoiding the dentist for years, Anthony was outstanding. I physically could not recommend this dentist practise or Anthony anymore, everyone there was lovely
Sophisticated knightSophisticated knight
14:03 30 Nov 23
Clean professional outfit. Friendly staff, reasonable prices and makes what can be an experience a lot of people dread a more pleasant one.
Soo Ling OonSoo Ling Oon
13:32 29 Nov 23
Bradley MorrisBradley Morris
08:43 21 Nov 23
Recommended to these guys by a friend, and I can see why!Great customer service, treated me on the same day, lovely staff - I highly recommend these guys too if looking for dental care in Brentwood
Neethu VargheseNeethu Varghese
10:04 11 Nov 23
Lovely place and staffs. The doctor Anthony was very friendly and made me feel comfortable throughout the process.
Lea EkwubiriLea Ekwubiri
14:11 23 Oct 23
Anthony is probably the best Dentist I have ever seen. I've always had a terrible fear of Dentists, but after meeting Anthony I felt relaxed, I felt that I could trust him too, which is so important to me. I would recommend him to anybody, he's a lovely young, and knows his stuff.
Kemi OKemi O
09:28 10 Oct 23
Amazing service! I left my local dentist of 8 years due to bad service and I am so happy my family is under the care of Jayde. Professional, personal and knowledgeable. She educates you on your teeth - something I have never had. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quality dentist who does not see you as just a number.
Darren HutsonDarren Hutson
08:24 22 Aug 23
Paul WhalleyPaul Whalley
09:58 16 Aug 23
Dentist Jayde is very pleasant, very through and very professional.Practice is private only, no NHS.
Sandra PAVEYSandra PAVEY
08:44 16 Aug 23
Very good serviceJadye is an excellent dentistWould highly recommend
matt aredematt arede
11:30 30 Jul 23
Gigi TacelGigi Tacel
08:13 26 Jul 23
Great dentist, would recommend to anyone wanting any treatments or dental hygiene, fillings, etc.Special shout out to dentist Jayde who was very supportive, professional, made me feel comfortable, explains everything clearly and I was very satisfied with everything done. Highly recommended!
Krissy RaceKrissy Race
09:56 18 Jul 23
funkylurcherfunkylurcher
11:55 11 Apr 23
Absolutely Amazing, got me in when fully booked as I was in Pain, the Staff all staff second to none, top Service, can't praise them enough 🙌 👏
Freddie TurnerFreddie Turner
13:47 25 Jan 23
What a fantastic dentists!After trying most of the local dentists in the Brentwood area and most having a long waiting list I was presently surprised at how fast and simple the booking process was.The dental treatment was for my father who suffers from poor mental health and hadn't been to the dentist for over 20 years so this was extremely daunting for him.From the first call to our last treatment, the team were Fantastic. They went above and beyond to make my father feel at ease throughout the process and have such a high level for patients care and wellbeing.The work carried out was A1 and my father was extremely happy with his dental work and would highly recommend!!From Derek and Feeddie THANK YOU!ps. Sorry for the delay!
OliviaOlivia
17:59 08 Nov 22
I have just finished my Invisalign treatment with Jayde @ the Brentwood branch and I could not recommend more highly. From start to finish Jayde explained each step thoroughly & kept me at ease. I am over the moon with how my teeth now look. The process was smooth painless and fast! Thank you so much
Gina PavlovaGina Pavlova
14:58 17 Oct 22
I required an emergency appointment and they were able to accommodate.The staff were all very friendly , welcoming and explained everything to me which made me very much at ease .I would defiantly recommend
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Our Location in Essex and Thurrock

Tooth Doctor proudly serves the community of Essex and Thurrock with three conveniently located dental clinics. Whether you’re in Basildon, Brentwood or Stanford-le-Hope, a top-tier dental experience is just around the corner. The Basildon clinic is situated at 7 Market Pavement SS14 1DD. The Brentwood clinic is at 27 High Street CM14 4RG. The Stanford-le-Hope clinic is at 26 Corringham Rd SS17 0AH. They are all easily accessible both by car and public transportation. With ample parking options and proximity to major transit routes, getting to us for your dental treatments is a breeze. No matter which surrounding area you’re coming from, Tooth Doctor ensures a smooth journey to a brighter smile!

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