Children are born free of dental disease.
Children are born free of dental disease, yet by adulthood 95% of the population have active gum disease and most people have experienced some tooth decay and even tooth loss. It is our belief that disease can be prevented. Our aim is to provide your child with the best dental care to secure their dental health.
We ask our patients to register their children from the age of 2 so that we can see them twice a year on the NHS to help them grow up free from dental disease.
However, if they do need treatment, we can offer them alternatives not generally available on the NHS, such as mercury-free white fillings. To the children of members of our Dental Health Smile Membership we can offer these alternatives on the same terms as their parents.
Teaching your child proper oral care.
Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that will pay lifelong dividends.
You can start by setting an example; taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued. And anything that makes taking care of teeth fun, like brushing along with your child or letting them choose their own toothbrush, encourages proper oral care.
To help your children protect their teeth and gums and greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, teach them to follow these simple steps:
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque-the sticky film on teeth which is the main cause of tooth decay.
- Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods, which produce plaque acids that cause tooth decay. When you do eat these foods, try to eat them with your meal instead of as a snack-the extra saliva produced during a meal helps rinse food from the mouth.
- Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste.
-Take your child to the dentist for regular check-ups. We are happy to continue to see your children on the NHS but on request of parents we have introduced private check-ups for children. Please ask Mandy or Lee for more information when you book your children's check-ups.