FREE OF CHARGE FOR AGES 10 AND UNDER*
Our focus at the Windmill Dental Practice is on prevention and a big part of this is instilling good habits into children about oral health from a young age. We do this by making the experience a positive one from their very first visit. This helps us build a trusting relationship to help maintain good oral health for a lifetime.
Dental decay in children is very common and recent surveys have shown that one in four children have some element of tooth decay. This can pose many problems such as pain, difficulty sleeping, days missed at school and missed days of work for parents.
Whilst treating the decay is part of the solution, our goal is to educate and inform all of our patients to help prevent tooth decay and maintain good oral health. Education about dietary habits, nutrition and fluoride advice are all key parts of this process.
*To ensure good and positive dentistry is available to all children our policy at the practice is that children aged 10 and under have free of charge examinations as long as their parents are registered.
Dark or discoloured teeth
Teeth can appear dark or discoloured for a number of reasons. This can be due to staining, decay or if they have been knocked or traumatised.
What to do
Initially the best thing to do is clean them and see if the stain is removable with regular brushing. If in doubt please contact us for advice or a consultation from one of our dentists. If the tooth is painful, it will need to be assessed by one of our dentists.
Wobbly baby teeth are quite normal during childhood and this is a part of the process as the adult teeth come through. If adult teeth are wobbly, this needs to be assessed by a dentist.
What to do
Do not worry, the teeth will fall out in good time. If it is an adult tooth that is wobbly it would be best to attend and see the dentist as this is not normal in childhood. If you are not sure just book an appointment with one of our dentists and have it checked.
Facial swellings which have come about over a short period of time are usually a sign of an infection which can occur for a variety of reasons. If the swelling is present around the gums of painful teeth, this is usually because of a dental infection which needs to be assessed by a dentist.
What to do
See a dentist as soon as possible, as the infection can spread which can make a child very unwell.
Teeth can erupt in a variety of positions which can result in the teeth appearing crooked. Whilst this can correct itself normally early orthodontic treatment can prevent them getting worse and needing extensive orthodontic treatment later.
What to do
Book in with one of our dentists for a discussion about orthodontic treatment.
What age should my child see a dentist?
Children should be seen at the dentist as soon as the teeth begin to erupt. This is to ensure that they are maintaining good oral hygiene habits, there is no decay and they’re no problems with missing teeth or crooked teeth. Misaligned teeth are very common and can result in crowded teeth and bite discrepancies. If these are picked up early on they can be treated much more straightforwardly without having extensive (and often costly) orthodontic treatment later on in life.
What is the best way to prevent tooth decay in children?
The most important factors which are related to tooth decay are diet, toothbrushing and the use of fluoride toothpaste.
Frequent snacking of sugary foods can result in tooth decay. Eating healthily is the best advice that we can give. Even fruits in excessive consumption can result in tooth erosion due to their acidity. Try and drink water only, and snack on non decay causing foods like cucumber, nuts and cheese (allergy dependant of course).
Tooth brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste removes the plaque debris and harmful bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. Furthermore, fluoride increases the resistance of teeth to decay.
Why are children’s teeth different from adults?
Children have fewer teeth than adults and are much smaller in size. Due to their anatomy they are more susceptible to decay which is why it is very important to attend a dentist regularly, ensure their diet isn’t rich in sugary foods and that they brush regularly twice a day with a fluoride-based toothpaste.
Children’s Dentistry Prices
Dental health check 10 and under – Free Of Charge
Dental Health check 11 to 18 – £50
(Practice Plan patients will receive a 20% discount off all treatments- there is a plan available for children. Please contact us for more details.)