Preventative Dentistry Children's Teeth
Establishing a good dental health and hygiene regime starts at an early age. By getting your child used to seeing the dentist from about the age of three, you will help them to see the experience as an regular occurrence and nothing to be nervous about. You will also help them to have good dental health for life.
We recommend that parents bring their children for regular dental check-ups from about the age of three years old. This will familiarise them with the dental practice and get them used to letting the dentist look at their teeth. If your child is under the age of three but you have concerns about their dental health, or if they have experienced an injury to their teeth or mouth, you should book an appointment to see the dentist as soon as possible.
At your child's appointment we will examine their teeth and gums for any problems, and may apply fissure sealant – a thin coating of plastic that covers the back teeth to help prevent particles of food getting trapped in the grooves – and fluoride varnish – which strengthens the tooth enamel, helping to make teeth more resistant to decay.
Our Hygienist, Debbie, also sees children as private patients and runs the Toothy Pegs Club, which helps to educate children about good dental hygiene. The club runs group sessions at the practice and at schools, teaching children about how to properly clean their teeth, as well as covering healthy eating.
Toothy Pegs uses a range of fun characters including Grinder the Molar and Nibbles the Incisor to engage with children in an entertaining and educational way. The club also uses puppet shows and tools including tooth-brushing charts to help engage children and make keeping their teeth and gums healthy a fun experience.