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Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions about our treatment and care. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for please ask your dentist or therapist when you are next at Parkway.

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How often do I need to see the dentist


Your dentist will decide how often they need to see you based on the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums. If you have no current problems, your dentist might not need to see you for up to two years.

Children and the dentist

Your dentist will also decide how often they need to see your child based on the condition of their mouth, teeth and gums. However, children should be seen by a dentist at least once a year.

How can I look after my child’s teeth?

You can take care of your child’s teeth by:

  1. Making sure they brush their teeth regularly
  2. Take them to the dentist regularly
  3. Cut down on the amount and frequency of sugar they have

Brushing your child’s teeth

Brushing their teeth is an important part of your child’s daily routine, so they continue the healthy habit as they get older.

Start to brush your baby’s teeth using a baby toothbrush as soon as they begin to come through.

Gradually start brushing your child’s teeth more thoroughly. Make sure you clean all the tooth surfaces. Your child’s teeth should be brushed twice a day: last thing at night before bed and at least one other time.

Use a small-headed child’s toothbrush suitable for your child’s age.


The amount of toothpaste also depends on your child’s age. For children under three years, use a smear or thin film of toothpaste that covers less than three-quarters of the brush. For children aged three to six, use no more than a pea-sized blob of toothpaste.

When your child has finished brushing, encourage them to spit out the toothpaste that’s left, but not to rinse their mouth with lots of water.

  1. Don’t let your child eat or lick toothpaste from the tube.
  2. Help your child to brush their teeth or supervise them until they’re at least seven years old.
  3. Flossing your child’s teeth is also recommended as well as brushing.

Fluoride toothpaste

  1. All children should use fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Children under three should use a toothpaste containing no less than 1,000 ppm (parts per million) fluoride. The packaging will show the level of fluoride in the toothpaste.
  3. Older children can use family fluoride toothpaste that contains 1,350-1,500 ppm fluoride.

Visiting the dentist

You can take your child to an NHS dentist as soon as they’re born, before they’ve got any teeth. NHS dental treatment for children is free.

Take your child with you when you go for your own dental appointments so they get used to the idea.

Your child should have regular dental check-ups as often as your dentist recommends.

Sugar causes tooth decay

Tooth decay is caused by the amount of sugar in sweet food and drinks and how often teeth are in contact with the sugar.

Cutting down on sugar

Try cutting down how often your child has sugary food and drinks and how much sugary food and drinks they consume.

Limit sugary foods to mealtimes. Your child shouldn’t have food and drink with added sugar more than four times a day.

Drinks containing sugars, including natural fruit juices, should be avoided between meals. Water or milk may be given instead.

For babies, don’t add sugar to their weaning foods when you introduce them to solids.

If your child needs medicine, ask your pharmacist or GP if a sugar-free version is available.

Find more information in common questions about baby food and what foods to avoid.

This answer is reproduced from the NHS Choices website

Why should I use dental floss?

Dental floss helps to prevent gum disease by getting rid of pieces of food and plaque from between your teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance made of bacteria. If it builds up, the bacteria can irritate the gums and cause inflammation (swelling).

If your dentist advises you to clean between your teeth (interdental cleaning), they may recommend using dental floss.

How to use dental floss

Dental floss is a thin, soft thread made of nylon or plastic that removes food and plaque from between your teeth.
If you use dental floss incorrectly, it can damage your gums. You should therefore follow your dentist’s advice about using dental floss, including how often you should use it. The tips below may also help.

  1. Cut off a section of floss about 45cm (18 inches) long. Wind it around the middle fingers of each hand.
  2. Grip the floss with your thumb and forefinger of each hand so that the floss between your hands is about 2.5-5cm (1-2 inches) long. Pull it tight so you can insert the floss in a gap between two teeth.
  3. Gently guide the floss up and down against the sides of the teeth and under the gumline.
  4. Use a circular movement with your fingers as you use the floss. This will help you to floss under the gumline without causing any damage.
  5. Repeat this process for the next gap, along the side of the next tooth.
  6. Unwind a fresh section of floss for each tooth, winding the used floss onto the middle finger of your other hand as you go along.
  7. Make sure you floss between every single tooth. Working to a pattern round the whole of your mouth makes it less likely that you’ll miss out any teeth.
  8. Remember to floss the side of the teeth at the back of your mouth.

What if my gums bleed?

When you first start flossing, your gums may be tender and bleed a little as you start to get rid of any plaque build-up.

Carry on flossing your teeth and the bleeding should stop as your gums become healthier.

If you’re still getting regular bleeding after a few days, see your dentist. They can check if you’re flossing correctly.

What if I find flossing difficult?

If you find holding the floss difficult, you could try using a floss pik.  These hold the floss for you and some people find them helpful. You can also use floss piks with one hand.

We sell floss piks in reception.

If you find flossing difficult, your dentist can give you advice about other ways of cleaning between your teeth, such as interdental brushes. Some people find interdental brushes easier to use than floss.

This answer is reproduced from the NHS Choices website

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