Category: Children’s Dentistry

Dental care for children and pregnant women

Dental care priorities can change with age, and Ladbroke Grove Dental Care offers comprehensive, fully-customised care and treatment for patients of all ages. Good dental habits begin in infancy, and it’s important to introduce your child to the concept of visiting the dentist from a young age.

children-dentistryWhen Baby gets his first tooth, it’s a very exciting time for Mum and Dad, and an important milestone in his development. It should also be the time that you think about taking him for his first appointment with the dentist. As soon as Baby’s first teeth start to appear, you should book him in for a check-up.

The primary focus of these earliest dental appointments is to familiarise Baby with the dental practice environment. It can be beneficial for him to come to Dad or Mum’s check-up, or tag along with older siblings.

Babies enjoy observing and copying what they see, so if he watches someone else sitting in the chair and letting the dentist look inside their mouth, he can then have a turn himself, copying what he has seen.

The dentist will also check for any early warning signs of potential problems, and can help you learn how to brush your baby’s teeth correctly.

As a child ages, it is important to avoid the risk of tooth decay, which too many children in the UK still suffer from, causing unneeded pain, distress, and sometimes requiring tooth extractions. Protecting your child’s teeth includes helping them watch what they eat (cheese or vegetables can be a good alternative to sugary snacks) and developing an effective brushing routine.

The dentist can also apply fissure sealant and fluoride varnish to children’s teeth, which strengthens and helps to protect them.

Dental care during pregnancy

If Baby hasn’t arrived yet, you may be experiencing some unexpected dental symptoms. Pregnancy causes large hormonal changes in the body, which can lead to pregnancy gingivitis – gum disease.

This is common and nothing to worry about, as long as you visit your dentist as soon as you notice anything suspicious. If you have bad morning sickness, you may also suffer acid erosion of the teeth – again, your dentist will help you manage this, so that you can get back to preparing for Baby’s arrival.

A guide to looking after children’s teeth

Taking care of your child’s teeth is essential for both their dental and general health. Southend Dental Care welcomes young patients to the practice, helping them to maintain good oral care habits for life.

childrens-teethChildren in the UK still have unacceptably high levels of tooth decay. Whilst this situation is improving, in an ideal world no child would have to suffer the discomfort and pain of dental decay. By bringing your child to visit the dentist regularly from a young age, and by helping them to develop a good home brushing routine, you can minimise their risk of oral health problems.

You should start to bring your child in to visit the dentist from as soon as their milk teeth start to appear. This is, on average, around the age of 12 months, although all children are different, and an experienced children’s dentist will always be on hand to offer advice to parents and children of any age.

It can help your child to get used to the practice environment by bringing them along to your own dental check-up, or taking them with older siblings. By observing what happens then being allowed to have a go themselves, young children can learn to sit in the dental chair and open their mouth to let the dentist look inside.

Early dental visits help to reduce the chances of your child being scared of the dentist in later life, because the practise of visiting a dental clinic quickly becomes routine and nothing to be frightened of, whilst the dentist becomes a friendly face whom they look forward to seeing every six months so they can show off how well they have been brushing their teeth.

Should the dentist spot any problems, such as early signs of tooth decay, these can be treated promptly and with little discomfort. Early signs that a child may need orthodontic treatment will also be picked up, which means conditions can be addressed promptly and often require less invasive treatment.

Our Southend dental practice offers free NHS dentistry to children and young people up to the age of 18, as well as to full-time students up to the age of 19.