As dental professionals we believe in preventive dental care and encourage our patients to bring their children to the practice from an early age. Regular check-ups from a young age will ensure children won’t suffer from untreated dental decay with devastating effects to their growing dentition. There are a number of preventive treatments that our team can provide for children.
Fluoride applications are a safe and effective way to safeguard your growing child’s teeth from developing decay. The fluoride is painted onto the surface of the child’s teeth and this helps to mineralise the teeth. Fissure sealants are tooth coloured and applied to biting surfaces of children’s teeth to prevent decay.
Studies have shown that the younger the age that you bring your child to the dental practice, even if just for a check-up, the more likely they are to have a positive experience and grow up not to be afraid of the dentist. Our team will take special care of your child to make them feel safe and cared for.
Treating a child from an early age also allows the dentist to spot early signs of underbites, cross bites or overbites developing. As with most things, the sooner you can start to treat it, the quicker it can be resolved.
Prevention is always better than cure so call the practice today to make an appointment for your child.
When Should I Register My Child?
It is recommended that you start taking your child to the dentist as soon as their first baby teeth are visible in the mouth. Ideally we would like to see all children before their first birthday to deliver key oral health messages that can help prevent childhood decay, something that is an increasing concern in the UK leading to many children under the age of 5 having to have multiple teeth extracted under potentially harmful general anaesthesia.
Even if we can’t always get a full look in your child’s mouth, regular dental visits can help prevent tooth decay and spot problems early through advice, familiarisation with the dental environment and special fluoride treatments where applicable.
You can find helpful advice on looking after your child’s teeth in our patient advice section of this website.
We are supporting the government and local public health campaign of children being able to receive a dental health check by their first birthday.