Give your child the best start possible
We request to see our patients regularly to ensure we maintain healthy teeth and gums and avoid unnecessary and uncomfortable dental treatments. We communicate treatment options clearly, including the benefits and drawbacks of each, so you can make an informed decision regarding how you would like to proceed.
Our door is open to private patients, who are welcome to pay for their treatment as and when they receive it. If you would like to spread the cost of your essential dental and hygiene care, you can join our monthly care plan. We also welcome children and exempt adults on the NHS.
As a private patient, please allow up to 30 minutes for your first appointment. We also use the latest technology to send forms electronically to you allowing you to complete your medical history on line via our own portal to allow us to get important information about you. This is held as part of your confidential clinical notes so we can access them in our rooms even just when on the telephone to you to help us give the very best treatment options and care. This allows us to make a thorough assessment of your mouth, teeth and gums, assess your risk factors and carry out a mouth cancer check for your peace of mind. During this unhurried appointment, you will be given the opportunity to tell us about your dental history and any desires for your dental future.
Every child is born perfectly dentally healthy – it is only through lack of knowledge and understanding that dental disease arises. Our challenge, and yours, is to learn how to keep children at peak dental fitness for the whole of their lives.
We see all of our younger patients on the NHS and provide fissure sealants to help protect those hard to brush teeth. We host open days and fun and educational events. We also visit local schools to promote healthy eating and good oral hygiene.
Our family practice invites parents to bring their children even before their first tooth appears to ensure they grow up happy and comfortable with dental visits.
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When introducing your children to the dentist, the younger the better. Scheduling their first visit before their first birthday is always a good idea, because we can monitor the first emerging milk teeth and offer teething advice. Regular dental appointments from a young age are a great way of familiarising your child with the dentist too, so they’ll continue to see us and maintain their dental health as they grow up.
Leading by example is a great way to instil healthy habits in your child. Brush your teeth with them in the morning and evening before they go to bed and talk to them about the importance of this. Also, make them aware of the presence of sugar in some of their favourite foods and drinks. Teach them that it’s okay to enjoy these foods, but in moderation.
Teething is a confusing time for our little ones, so they can become irritable and drool a lot because of their discomfort in their gums. Try rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean finger or moistened clean fabric, because the pressure might ease your baby’s discomfort. A cold and clean wash cloth or a chilled teething ring can be soothing on your baby’s gums while they alleviate their teething. Make sure this teething ring isn’t frozen, however, just chilling it in the fridge is enough to provide some relief.
On hard to reach teeth, particularly the back teeth, sugars and bacteria can thrive. We provide fissure sealant for our younger patients, which is a tooth-coloured plastic coating that is painted onto the grooves of the back teeth. This forms a protective layer that keeps food and bacteria from getting stuck there and causing decay. It often lasts for many years. We also have access to special toothpastes and tooth varnishes which are proven to protect the teeth against decay, but regular check-ups and the occasional top-ups are recommended too.