Families are at the heart of our practice.
We have been caring for generations of families. For those of our patients in their 70’s, they often remark that we are now looking after their grandchildren.
If your child ever needs treatment you can be assured that things are very different from when you were a child. Children simply need things explained and time taken not to rush. The whole team centres positive attention on the child and makes the visit as fun as possible. This is possible even when the child needs a filling. Techniques known as tell-show –do and acclimitisation are employed by the dentists to help the anxious child but often we find that the parent are more anxious than the child. We assure all mums and dads that distressing visits to the dentist are mainly a thing of the past!
Your Health visitor will emphasise the importance of registering your child with the dentist as soon as 6 months so that we can keep an eye on tooth development. As a rough guide this is what we do with children in our care in the following age brackets:
We check for tongue ties in babies, remind parent to never let a child bring a bottle to bed (The sugar in the milk sits on the teeth and can cause “milk bottle cavities.”), advise on how best to brush our childs teeth, advise on diet and prevention of cavities, advise on how the dummy can affect their teeth.
Important tooth fact: The first stage of tooth development begins in the fetus at about 6 weeks of age. This is when the basic substance of the tooth is formed.
At birth, the baby has a full set of 20 primary teeth (10 in the upper jaw, 10 in the lower jaw) hidden within the gums.
We remind parents that cavities in the baby teeth can cause the permanent teeth to develop improperly and can cause a lot of pain for the child. We therefore focus on giving preventative advise.
Important tooth fact: Did you know that there is 5 teaspoons of sugar in Fruit Shoot Blackcurrent & Raspberry 200ml!
Like baby teeth, the timing for when the permanent teeth come through differs from one child to the next. Generally, the order of eruption and rough timeline for each type of permanent tooth is in the order of:
- first molars - between six and seven years
- central incisors - between six and eight years
- lateral incisors - between seven and eight years
- canine teeth - between nine and 13 years
- premolars - between nine and 13 years
- second molars - between 11 and 13 years
- third molars (wisdom teeth) - between the ages of 17 and 21 years, if at all.
Important tooth fact: By about 21 years, the average person has 32 permanent teeth, including 16 in the upper jaw and 16 in the lower jaw.
During the period of leaving primary school and settling into secondary education your child will through a period of losing the last of their baby teeth and getting the rest of their adult teeth. This is a good time to consider braces as your dentist will have a good idea what the final position of the adult teeth will be. We refer to only the best local orthodontists for your child to get braces.
We always emphasise the importance of avoiding sugary drinks and snacks for that bus journey home!
Important tooth fact: There are 7 teaspoons of sugar in 330ml of coca cola and 10 teaspoons of sugar in a standard twix bar.
We can also make a comfortable properly fitted sports guard to protect your childs’ lovely teeth on the sports field.