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Why dentistry for children really matters

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It’s a worrying fact that children’s dentistry - or rather lack of - has been making headline news in recent times. According to Public Health England (PHE) tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England, yet it is largely preventable.

Although oral health is improving in England, a 2017 PHE oral health survey of 5-year-olds showed just under a quarter have tooth decay, with on average, 3 to 4 teeth affectedi. Sadly, tooth extraction is still the most common hospital procedure in 6 to 10-year-olds and results in at least 60,000 days being missed from school during the year for hospital extractions alone, not to mention the time taken off work by parents and carers.

Prevention is better than cure

There are three top interventions for preventing tooth decay in young children:

  • Reducing their consumption of sugary foods and drinks, swapping them for lower-sugar alternatives
  • Encouraging them to brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste - especially last thing at night
  • Ensuring that babies are taken to the dentist when their first tooth erupts, usually at around 6 months, and on a regular basis from then on

We know that kids love sugary things, but excess sugar in children’s diets not only contributes to tooth decay, it can lead to more serious health problems such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, which people are developing younger than ever before, and heart disease.

Bringing your child to the dentist from the earliest opportunity gets them used to the sights and sounds of a dental practice and encourages them to learn about and care for their oral health, making it a priority right through into adulthood.

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Here to help

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Helping young children to take care of their teeth doesn’t need to be a struggle that ends in tantrums and tears. Keeping oral hygiene light-hearted and fun can make life easier for everyone - and at Ringley Park we aim to do just that.

As a specialist children’s dentist in Surrey we are passionate about children’s dentistry and helping children to feel positive about their oral health. Our specialist paediatric dentist, Emma Ray-Chaudhuri is highly qualified to provide the best care and advice, helping identify any potential problems at the earliest opportunity, preventing them developing into anything more serious.

i. PHE National Dental Epidemiology Programme for England, 2017

Dentistry for children at Ringley Park

With the school holidays fast approaching, now is a great time to book your child in for their routine dental check-up. Call us today on 01737 240123.


Ringley Park Dental Practice
59 Reigate Road
Surrey, RH2 0QZ


Mon: 8:00am-7:30pm
Tue-Fri: 8:00am-5:30pm
Other appointments may be available by prior arrangement


Phone: 01737 240123
Email: info@ringleypark.org
Emergency appointments available


For your convenience we offer patients the ability to book appointments online.

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