Childhood has been identified as the most important period in anyone’s ‘dental life’. From building good dental habits and our overall wellbeing to how we feel about visiting the dentist, our childhood dental experiences are impactful.
We have found that even when children have been to the dentist before, they often do not know what to expect when they come to see us.
That is why it is our aim to ensure that every child has a healthy and beautiful smile and is treated in a caring, gentle environment where a visit to the dentist is something to look forward to. We firmly believe that this approach prepares the child to enter adulthood with a positive attitude towards dental health.
Dental Decay in Children
Children are highly susceptible to dental decay and this susceptibility can even continue well into the third decade of life. As such, dietary sugars and natural juices must be not only kept low in quantity but also in frequency from the youngest age. Babies and children should also be actively encouraged to drink and enjoy water, rather than relying on sugary drinks for hydration.
This can be difficult and it’s also important to note that children need a balanced diet, including sugars, for healthy growth. We can guide you to manage their diet in a way that is compatible with dental health.
Regular visits to the dentist are essential for the identification and treatment of any problems at an early stage. We recommend that all children from the appearance of their first tooth should have a check-up every 6 months to ensure that everything is progressing well.
For children of 6 years and over, a dental hygienist appointment can be arranged if advised by the dentist. Dental examinations for under 6’s are free of charge, if the parents are patients at the practice, and young children are given motivational stickers, appropriate advice and a clean teeth certificate at Black Swan Dental Spa.
We also have our Children’s Care Plan available for your complete peace of mind and coverage.