From their first dental visit, regular dental check-ups are important to ensure your child has healthy teeth and gums for life.
A child’s 20 milk teeth usually start to appear around 6 months to 12 months. Caring for your child’s teeth from the moment they start to appear reduces the risk of tooth decay and the need for emergency appointments when a child is in pain.
Bringing your child for their first dental visit at an early age helps prevent little problems becoming big problems. Early visits also mean your child gets used to the environment and becomes familiar with having their teeth checked so they don’t become anxious when visiting the dentist in future.
At the Dental Chambers Kensington, our friendly family dentistry environment provides a positive experience, ensuring your child feels at ease and finds the visit fun. Our dentists are also fluent in both French and English.
Preventive dental care for children
Bacteria start to attack teeth as soon as they appear, forming a sticky film, called plaque, that can damage the hard tooth enamel and penetrate into the teeth via tiny natural holes and fissures. So what can be done to avoid this? Our dentists can provide advice on:
- Best habits for keeping your child’s teeth healthy
- What to avoid at all cost (ex: giving an infant a milk bottle or a sugary drink bottle on demand)
- tooth-friendly food, snacks and drinks
- brushing all the teeth, not just those at the front, and all surfaces, front and back
- using the appropriate fluoride toothpaste for your child’s age
- saliva tests to ensure your child’s saliva production is sufficient
Our dentist can explain the benefits of fluoride for children, according to their age, and answer any questions you may have.
Our paediatric dentists will show you and your child the right way to clean their teeth and ensure they have a good brushing technique which, once learned, will last them a lifetime.
Routine dental check-ups help detect decay at the start, before any symptom develop and when problems are easily dealt with.
Most tooth decay in children occurs on the biting surfaces of the back teeth. These surfaces are criss-crossed with natural pits and fissures that are designed to help grind food during chewing. These fissures form the perfect breeding ground for mouth bacteria which literally ‘dig in’ to start forming a cavity.
Preventive treatments aim to reduce the risk of decay by stopping bacteria damaging the enamel of your child’s teeth. They include:
- Applying a fluoride varnish to make teeth more resistant to attack; this is best done every 6 months.
- Painting on a fissure sealant (a special, thin, white “plastic” coating) to prevent bacteria growing in the grooves of the back teeth; the sealant can last from 5 to 10 years. This needs to be done before any damage to the tooth’s enamel.
These treatments are quick, easy and most of all, painless. Research involving children aged 5 years to 10 years shows that applying a dental sealant to their permanent back teeth reduced the risk of cavities by up to 51% over the following 2 years, compared to no sealant.
Orthodontics for children
When your child’s permanent teeth start to come through at around the age of 6 or 7 years, our dentists can also assess what orthodontic treatments <LINK> they might need, either now to help their permanent teeth grow in properly, or in the future to achieve a healthy smile.
Discuss dental sealants and fluoride for children at The Dental Chambers Kensington
The Dental Chambers Kensington in London is at hand to offer advice on preventive dentistry for children. To find out how our family dentists can help your child, please telephone 020 7244 4200 for a confidential chat.