It is our aim to provide a friendly, calm and child centred approach to our young patients. Our philosophy is to equip parents and children with an understanding of oral health and all aspects of prevention. We endeavour to provide children with a positive relationship with our team and set them up for a life of good oral health.
We understand that there are fears and uncertainties regarding dental treatment and we hope to create an empathetic environment where anxious parents and children feel reassured.
On your first visit, we will do a thorough examination, accessing the teeth, soft tissues, tooth alignment and jaw relationship. If necessary we might take x rays to help with a diagnosis. We will then provide you with a risk profile and prevention plan. If any treatment is necessary, you will be given treatment options. We encourage parents and children to be involved in discussions about oral health and making decisions about possible treatments.
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH
- Brushing twice a day for two minutes with an age appropriate fluoride toothpaste. Children over 6 can use an adult strength. Decades of research shows the significant efficacy of a frequent use of topical fluoride in toothpaste in reducing dental caries.
- Supervise your children under 8 with brushing. Fostering independence by letting them brush first, but still doing a final brush for them.
- Do not let them rinse, eat or drink after brushing.
- Floss between teeth, especially molars that are in tight contact.
- Encourage a health promoting diet. For beverages sticking to milk or water.
- Keep to a minimum food and drinks containing sugar .
- If juices, fizzy drinks or sweets are to be taken, confine them to meal times or just after. Use a straw for drinks and consume quickly rather than over a long time.
- Book 6 monthly dental examinations
- Have professional mouth guards fitted for sports that involve physical contact or moving objects.
- If your child is involved in an ACCIDENT involving their teeth, please remember the following:
If the entire tooth is completely displaced (avulsed) DO NOT re-implant it, as this can cause damage to the adult teeth.
If the tooth has been displaced or fractured, see a dentist as soon as possible. The damage will be assessed and outcomes explained. If any treatment is required this will be explained clearly.
If the entire tooth is avulsed, it is important to re-implant the tooth in its socket as soon as possible. The survival of the tooth is dependent on how long it is out of the mouth and how it is handled and stored. Take care not to touch the root surface and if not possible to re- implant immediately, to store in either milk, the mouth or physiological saline solution and see a dentist as soon as possible.
THINGS WE CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH
- Provide you with a full assessment of your child’s dental health status.
- Work out a prevention plan that is guided by your child’s risk profile.
- Prevention includes oral hygiene instructions, diet advice, topical fluoride gel applications and fissure sealants. Fissure sealants are tooth coloured plastic coatings usually applied to the chewing surface of permanent back teeth. These surfaces are pitted and grooved, they are difficult to clean and it is where decay occurs most often in children. This procedure has been very well researched and provides a significant reduction in pit and fissure decay. They are applied by our hygienist or dentists.
- Should your child have problems with tooth alignment or jaw relationship, we would recommend a referral to an orthodontist.
- If your child has tooth decay, we have a treatment approach that is minimally invasive. We use white restorative materials to restore teeth to their form and function. This is done with empathetic consideration to your child’s age and previous experiences. We take time to acclimatize your child to the procedure and environment and hope to make it as comfortable as possible.
- For children who are very anxious and who have difficulty in accepting and cooperating with dental treatment, we offer treatment under laughing gas sedation. (Inhalation sedation) This is a very safe sedation technique which is delivered through a nasal mask. Your child will remain fully conscious and responsive throughout the procedure, but should be more accepting of the treatment and feel much less anxious.