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Visiting the dentist

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NHS dental treatment for children is free for children under 18

Parents /carers are encouraged to register their child with a dentist when their milk teeth appear. This will help children to become familiar with the environment and get to the know the dentist.

An NHS dentist in your local area can be found at NHS dentist.

Visiting the dentist

Take your child to the dentist regularly, usually every six months or as your dentist recommends

Ask your dentist about fluoride varnish – all children over three years should have this applied to their teeth. If younger children are at particular risk of tooth decay the dentist may apply this to their teeth.

NHS dental treatment is free for children under the age of 18 or under 19 and in qualifying full-time education.

Women are entitled to free NHS dental treatment during pregnancy and any treatment commenced before their child’s first birthday.

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Further information

What happens when you visit the dentist

The Child Smile website has lots of useful information for parents and carers about child oral health and nutrition, as well has advice about what happens at the dentist.

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Reducing tooth decay

Sugary food and drinks can cause tooth decay and pain, impacting on your child's health and wellbeing
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Brushing teeth

Regular brushing will help your child to avoid tooth decay
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Your baby’s teeth begin to come through at around the age of six months, but from three months onwards you will notice signs of teething
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Oral Health service

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust's Oral Health team offers a range of programmes including fluoride varnish applications and a toothbrushing programme delivered in primary and special schools.
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