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Children are special patients

It is important that children visit the dentist from an early age so the surroundings become familiar and comfortable. Every effort is made to help them feel happy and relaxed so they enjoy their visit. For parents’ convenience we reserve sessions during the holiday periods exclusively for children. Dietary advice and treatments such as fissure sealants are available, along with a custom-made mouthguard service to ensure maximum protection against dental injury during contact sports. Children requiring teeth straightening will be referred to an orthodontist.

Are some children more prone to decay than others? If so what can you do about it?

Some children have more decay than others and are more susceptible to decay. This can be true of children in the same family. The only way we can tell is by the amount of decay present: those who have decay at the age of two are probably going to have more problems with their permanent teeth.

What can parents do about this?

These children would probably benefit from extra fluoride, which can reduce their susceptibility to decay by about half. Fissure sealing may also be recommended for children whose teeth are ‘at risk’. This involves painting a plastic coating on the permanent molars. It is particularly useful for teeth with deep grooves, which cannot be reached with a toothbrush.

Meanwhile, limiting the number of times children eat sugary foods or have sweet drinks, and brushing effectively are the main weapons against decay.

Children under seven don’t have the manual dexterity or the mental application to brush effectively, so parents should do it for them. Technique is less important than the end result. What matters is that you reach all areas of the mouth. Use a small-headed brush with soft bristles. The shape and angle of the head aren’t important.

How Much Fluoride?