We encourage parents to bring their children into us from around the age of three years or earlier if you have a concern. At first, we like to take the opportunity to introduce your child to the clinical setting before the dental examination takes place. We will normally ask you to sit with your child to reduce possible anxiety the child may be experiencing. We can identify any oral health problems at an early stage and we can talk with you about good oral health routines and habits for children, about how your children’s teeth will develop, we will give you some tips about what to watch out for and what to encourage and finally demonstrate and explain tooth brushing.
Normally, treatment is not carried out during the consultation, as we do not wish to cause any unnecessary anxiety to your child. However, an examination and possible x-rays, if clinically required, will be undertaken.
Some parents decide to have a fissure sealant treatment for their children. A fissure sealant is a thin, flowable, tooth-coloured resin that is painted onto the grooves and pits of teeth to prevent decay from starting and can last several years.
If orthodontic treatment is necessary, we will refer to an orthodontist at an early stage.
Visit our surgery so that your child becomes familiar with the environment and gets to know your friendly dentist. We provide a free examination to children under 6 years of age when the parent is booked in for a treatment with us.
In dentistry, the aim is to prevent decay instead of drilling and cutting the teeth. Our back teeth have deep pits and fissures which are prone to decay and include more than 85% of decayed dental surfaces. And because it is very hard to keep deep fissures clean with a toothbrush, one effective treatment to prevent occlusal cavities is the use of fissure sealants.
A fissure fealant is a thin, flowable, tooth-coloured resin that is painted onto the pits and grooves of teeth, as soon as possible after the tooth has erupted and before they are at their highest risk of becoming decayed. After the sealant is placed, the dentist uses a blue light to help it set. Fissure sealants are a pain-free, cost effective treatment and are very well tolerated by children. Not only they protect those first adult molars, but they also introduce kids to the dental environment in a gentle manner.