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Children's dentistry at Parkview Dental Centre

Excellent oral health starts from a young age

- Children's dentistry

At Parkview Dental Centre we believe that creating excellent oral care habits from an early age offers the best chance at enjoying a lifetime of excellent dental health. That’s why we aim to make our children’s dental appointments relaxed, positive and as fun as possible.

We encourage all parents to bring their babies and children to our dental practice from a young age to help them get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice. In fact, we suggest bringing your child in before their first birthday so that we can check their teeth are developing properly.

“Lovely staff, lovely dentists, put me and my 2 children at ease every time we go.  Would highly recommend this dental practice .”

Donna Clack

“They have guided my daughter through the process of getting braces on and off, and given us the best advice regarding keeping our mouths healthy. It is a modern & clean practice with friendly and efficient receptionists. I highly recommend this practice.”

Caroline Charles

- Dental check-ups

Dental check-ups are as important for children as they are for adults. Regular dental check-ups enable your dental team to monitor the dental health of your children and spot any changes or potential concerns that may develop into problems.

As well as monitoring your child’s overall dental health by looking for signs or dental decay and cavities, we will also keep an eye on the growth of the jawbones and check their bite. This allows us to spot any orthodontic concerns from an early age.

- Flouride varnish

Fluoride is vital for ensuring excellent oral health as it helps to prevent tooth decay; this is why we always recommend using a fluoride-containing toothpaste.

Your dentist at Parkview will be able to advise the correct toothpaste for your growing child, which should be used twice a day.

As an extra line of defence against cavities, we can apply a special fluoride varnish to the surface of the teeth. This works by strengthening the tooth enamel to make it more resistant to tooth decay. This can be applied regularly, usually every six months, although your dentist may recommend more regular applications if required.

Fluoride varnishing is a very simple procedure that involves painting a gel onto the teeth. The gel has a pleasant taste and it only takes a few seconds to apply.

- Fissure sealants

Fissure or dental sealants are used to provide additional protection against cavities. As back teeth don’t have flat surfaces, they can be perfect places for food to become trapped. Fissure sealants work by creating a smoother surface that prevents this.

Fissure sealants are clear or tooth coloured, making them completely invisible to anyone else, maintaining the aesthetics of your child’s smile.

Your dentist at Parkview will advise whether your child could benefit from fissure sealants, and monitor existing sealants during regular dental check-ups.

- Children's dentistry: Frequently asked questions

  • When should I start bringing my child to the dentist?

    As early as possible! At Parkview Dental Centre we recommend bringing babies along to your own appointments to help them become accustomed to the sounds, sights and smells of the dental practice. All children should have their first dental appointment by the age of one year, or at least before their first tooth appears.

  • When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?

    As soon as your child’s first milk tooth appears, you should begin their toothbrushing regime. Not only will this keep that new tooth nice and clean, it will ensure your child becomes used to brushing their teeth twice daily. You can even begin earlier, by introducing your baby to a toothbrush to keep their gums nice and clean. The earlier you begin a toothbrushing regime, the better!

  • What toothpaste should my child have?

    We recommend all our patients should use a brush twice daily with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, whatever their age. Children under 3 years old should use a smear of toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm fluoride. Children between 3 and 6 years old should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing more than 1,000ppm fluoride.

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