Children’s Dentistry

It’s important to get your child used to visiting the dentist from an early age. A recent survey revealed that 12 percent of three-year-olds suffer from tooth decay. In England: the Health & Social Care Information Centre quote 26,000 children aged between 5 and 9 years were hospitalised for multiple tooth extractions, during 2013-2014! Good dental health is vital for good general health, and the best way to make sure your child has healthy teeth is to take them to visit the dentist regularly, as well as maintaining a good oral health regime at home. We at Upper Berkeley Dental Care can help advise you with this.

You should brush your baby’s teeth as soon as the first milk tooth appears, which is on average at the age of six months, although it can be earlier or later. Use just a tiny smear of toothpaste for babies and toddlers and a pea-sized amount for children up to the age of seven. You should also take your child to the dentist as soon as the first milk teeth start to come through – this will make sure they are used to regular check-ups and any problems can be spotted sooner rather than later. Recently caring parents were shocked to find out their children had decay even though they were giving healthy snacks. Children usually have 20 milk teeth, which should all be in place by the age of 3 years. Adult teeth will start to appear at the age of six or seven. At your regular check-up for older children, as the adult teeth develop, issues such as crowded or misaligned teeth can be spotted and treated early.

Dentist Jo Gallop is renowned for her preventative, gentle treatments and she will make sure your child is happy and relaxed and that the visit is fun and rewarding. You can accompany them into the treatment room, where they will have a thorough dental check-up. If any further treatment is required then Jo will discuss this with you and provide you with a detailed treatment plan for your child. It is recommended that children visit the dentist for a check-up and hygiene, on average six monthly,

Jo will recommend any preventative treatments that are needed, such as fluoride therapy or supplements or fissure sealants and will advise if orthodontics are required. Some decay treatments do not need injections!

Fissure sealants

Fissure sealants are a preventative dental treatment where the valleys in adult and child molars are filled with tooth coloured plastic after being prepared. These areas are vulnerable to decay building up as they are difficult areas to clean. They can last for approximately 7 years.

Fluoride Treatment

A special varnish with high levels of fluoride can be painted on to both milk teeth and adult teeth. The fluoride in the varnish helps to strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay. This treatment should be repeated every six months.

Alternatively we have a delicious mousse that can be applied to teeth in trays at hygiene visits to apply fluoride protection.

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