You can get comprehensive dental care for infants, children, and adolescents at dentists all across the Battersea area. Most dental practices will have at least one team member who specialises in paediatric dentistry, but as a whole every dentist is trained to look after the teeth of children and adolescents.
A paediatric dentist specialises in:
- Complex dental conditions in children
- Conscious sedation and general anaesthesia
- Dental care for child patients with medical problems or mental issues
- Nasoalveolar moulding (NAM) prior to cleft surgery
Ensuring your children attend dental check ups regularly to help prevent problems or to catch potential dental issues early is very important. Attending the dentist for the first time can be quite daunting for a child. They often have no idea about what to expect or the reasons for going.
Paediatric dentists are trained to have empathy and patience. A good dental practice will take the time to welcome children into the practice and talk to them about what happens at a check-up. This will help to put the child at ease and help them overcome any anxieties they may have about their visits. This can give each child a positive attitude towards their dental health and help to encourage them into a good oral hygiene routine at home. A good dentist will aim to make each visit a pleasurable one for children so they can look forward to a life-long good relationship with their dentists and their dental healthcare.
Common Dental Treatments for Children
Most regular NHS and private dental practices across the Battersea area will expect to start taking care of your children’s teeth as soon as their first milk teeth appear. They may not be in need of any treatment at such an early age, but it will get them used to visiting the dentist and help them to become familiar with the surroundings.
Starting early with regular check-ups can help the dentist to prevent oral health problems at an early stage before they become an issue. There may be some treatments that your dentist will suggest for your child such as:
This can be done when your child’s permanent back teeth have begun to show through. This is usually at around aged six or seven and is done to protect their second teeth from decay. It consists of coating the chewing surface of your child’s back teeth with a thin layer of plastic to act as a barrier for keeping germs and food from lodging in the grooves.
This can be applied to both milk teeth as well as adult teeth. Your dentist will paint a sticky varnish containing fluoride on to the surface of the tooth every six months to help prevent decay. It works by strengthening the surface of tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay.