Our policy, particularly for children, is to prevent problems such as tooth decay before they happen. To help achieve this, we are fully invested in the Childsmile programme, with 6 nurses trained as Childsmile nurses.
Where a preventative approach has not been successful, we offer a variety of interventions to restore baby teeth in order that they last until they are they are lost naturally. Every child is different, and parents also differ on what they feel is the best approach for their own children. Our dentists and nurses are aware of this and tailor their approach and treatment planning to take this into account.
As we believe strongly in the importance of prevention, we recommend that you bring your children along as early as possible. This will reassure your child that visiting the dentist is not an unpleasant experience and make any future treatment easier to cope with. Your dental team will give you preventative advice regarding sugary foods and drinks, hidden sugars and healthier snacks and drinks. They will give you and your child advice on toothbrushing and keeping your child’s mouth clean and healthy. It is also important to introduce them to regular check-up visits so that these become routine.
We have a dedicated Childsmile programme where the whole family can learn about dental heath from a qualified Childsmile advisor. Any advice given can be followed by all ages e.g. checking lists of ingredients for hidden sugars, only eating sugary/acidic food /drinks at mealtimes and having savoury snacks, where possible.
Our preventive treatments include fissure sealants and fluoride varnishes, which may be carried out by the dental hygienist/ therapist, and also orthodontic screening and assessing your child’s likelihood of getting dental decay in the future.
We aim to make your child’s experience as enjoyable as possible. If they require treatment, and are nervous, you can discuss this with your dental team and they can advise of possible use of anaesthetics or sedation, if these are necessary. If YOU feel nervous about your child’s visit, it is very important that you do not let them pick up on this and it is usually best to allow the dental team to explain any treatment that is needed. Try not to talk about your fears in front of your child and this will help make your child’s experience stress-free.