- Time for your child. We can spend time getting to know your children, and gently introduce them to the practice, so there are no nasty surprises. We talk to children on their level and particularly welcome nervous patients.
- Enhanced skill and experience. Our specialist paediatric dentist is a leading UK expert on dental trauma and has undergone many years’ additional paediatric training and postgraduate study.
- Fun, fear-free treatment. We promise to make every child’s experience at our practice something to look forward to. Bringing them to see us from an early age will create positive associations with the dentist and with oral hygiene at home.
- Experienced with additional needs. We are fully trained to treat children with special needs, offering parents the flexibility, understanding and reassurance they often can’t find elsewhere.
- Twice-yearly check-ups, or more often if we feel it will be beneficial
- Tailor-made tips, techniques and product advice for cleaning teeth at home
- Advice on getting the right diet for a healthy mouth
- Cavity prevention, including fluoride varnish and fissure sealants
- Custom sports guards
- Early orthodontic assessment
If you are a referring dentist, please note that we do not currently offer general anaesthetic or IV sedation for children.
We appreciate that knowing when to bring your kids to the dentist can be confusing, so we've put together a list of our patients most frequently asked questions for your convenience.
Even if they haven’t got any teeth, we recommend that all children are seen by a dentist before their first birthday, and this can be as simple as bringing them with you during your own check-up. This will not only eliminate any potential risks, but also establishes the dentist as a familiar and fun place to be.
As soon as those milk teeth come through! Even babies can start getting used to the idea of brushing, and the earlier you give them a toothbrush, the more likely they are to comply with oral hygiene in the future. As more teeth come through, brush regularly and then encourage them to attempt their own brushing while you supervise. From birth to 3 years, use a flat smear of adult toothpaste with at least 1000ppm (parts per million) of fluoride in it. After the age of 3, a small pea-sized amount can be used. Children learn good habits from watching what happens in the home, and you can set a good example by brushing and flossing your own teeth twice a day.
Sucking is a natural reflex in a young child and a dummy may be a useful aide to help soothe your baby. The important thing is never to dip the dummy in anything sweet and never use a dummy that has juice in it.
If your child reaches the age of 5 and still sucks their thumb or fingers habitually, it may be time to start gently discouraging them, as this is the age when intensive sucking can cause speech or orthodontic problems. Your dentist should be able to advise you on the best course of action.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that prevents cavities and is highly beneficial to teeth, which is why it’s routinely added to toothpaste. At The Sandstone Dental Practice we offer children fluoride varnish, a quick and completely painless procedure that is excellent for preventing child tooth decay.
Fissure sealants are often recommended when the permanent molars erupt, and consist of a plastic seal that is smoothed over the tooth surface, preventing food getting stuck in those hard-to-brush areas.
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