At our practice we place high importance on looking after and monitoring your children's teeth from an early age.
When should I first bring my child to the Dentist?
Most children should start having regular check-ups from about the age of 2 years when most of their 'baby' teeth have grown in. Your child's baby teeth need to last until they are 12 or 13 years old and so need to be looked after from an early age if they are to last. Healthy teeth will help to reduce the amount of fillings your child will need, reduce anxiety for the child and parent, and help to reduce problems which may occur later on when the adult teeth grow in.
How and when should I start to clean my child's teeth?
Parents should start to clean their children's teeth as soon as they appear with a small pea size of special children's toothpaste. Adult toothpaste may contain too much fluoride. Most children under 7 - 8 years will need to be supervised by their parents until they can brush their teeth properly on their own.
How can your Dentist help?
Your Dentist can help in 3 main ways:-
1. Monitoring the growth and development of jaws and teeth.
2. Giving advice to parents on cleaning and diet.
3. Preventive treatment to reduce tooth decay.
The Dentist can monitor the growth and development of your child's mouth and teeth so that any potential problems can be spotted and treated early. Your Dentist can also help with dietary advice for your child, helping to point out sugary foods which cause decay and suggesting better alternatives. Diet is probably the most important factor in tooth decay. Other preventive measures include painting a special protective coating onto the surface of back teeth which helps to 'seal' the teeth and prevent decay.
If your child partakes in any physical or contact sport or enjoys cycling, skateboarding etc, it is a good idea to wear a mouthguard gumshield. These act like a crash-helmet for teeth and can be made in a wide range of exciting colours and patterns. Too many parents only bring their children to the Dentist when they are in pain, guaranteeing an unpleasant experience for the child, parent, and Dentist. Far better to bring them regularly so that they can learn that visiting a Dentist does not have to be an unpleasant experience!
We are now accepting NHS patients.