Children

NHS DENTIST AND CHILDSMILE DENTAL  PRACTICE

CHILDREN ARE WELCOME AT THE ADVANCE DENTAL CENTRE

We encourage you to bring your children to visit us from the earliest age, even if they are too young to sit in the chair. This gets them used to the routine of regular visits; getting to know our faces and enjoying the amenities designed to encourage them.

As with all health issues, PREVENTION is the key to success. During infancy and toddler stages we are able to provide advice to parents to establish good dental health habits that will last a lifetime.

Our practice is a base for the Childsmile team, which is a national programme designed to improve children’s oral health and reducing levels of tooth decay. We will show you and your child how to brush their teeth correctly and we will discuss the importance of a good diet.

Register your child at the practice as soon as they are born, to ensure we can provide you, and them, with preventative dental care from birth. It also helps to get your child used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental surgery.

Older children are provided with additional preventive care such as fluoride varnish and fissure sealants.

FLUORIDE VARNISH

Fluoride varnish provides extra protection against tooth decay when used in addition to brushing with fluoride toothpaste.

Childsmile programme, recommends that we paint your child’s teeth, at least every 6 months, with a fluoride varnish Duraphat, from the age of 2 until they are around 10 years old.

The fluoride varnish is a golden gel that sets quickly when applied to your child’s teeth using a soft brush. It sets quickly and tastes of bananas. You will be given an instruction leaflet on the day which will explain more about the varnish.

Your child may also be offered this varnish at school or nursery and these additional applications will give additional protection to your child’s teeth. You should let your dental practice know if the fluoride varnish has recently been applied at nursery or school.

Some children will not have fluoride varnish applied because they have previously been hospitalized due to asthma or allergies. If this is true for your child, a full individual risk assessment will be carried out by your dentist and a decision taken on whether it is clinically appropriate for fluoride varnish to be applied.