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Children’s Dentistry

Gentle Dentistry for Growing Smiles

We make dental visits a breeze for kids of all ages. From their first check-up, we focus on making the experience positive and stress-free. If your little one isn’t ready to sit alone, they can stay close to you or stand during the exam. Plus, there’s always a sticker for showing up! Our goal is to boost their confidence with each visit. We believe starting early sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral health. If orthodontic treatment is needed, we’ll connect you with a specialist for expert care. Straighter teeth not only enhance appearance but also improve overall oral function, reducing the risk of headaches and jaw issues. With straight teeth, oral hygiene is a breeze, ensuring a lifetime of healthy smiles!

Did you know..?

  • A child’s first adult molars come through at around the age of six. These teeth can be fissure-sealed to help protect them from decay.
  • At each check-up, we will provide help and advice with diet and brushing.
  • The earlier any decay can be detected, the easier it is to treat.
  • We will check the position of new teeth emerging and give advice on whether Orthodontic treatment (braces) might be necessary.
  • Regular examinations at a young age reduce the fear factor for children.

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Free Check-Up For Children Under 5 Years Old

We offer free check-up appointments twice a year for children under 5 years old when the parents are registered with our practice. Older children have an option of a check-up at our special children’s rate or they can also have a Denplan dental care plan of their own.

Further helpful, interesting information about dental care, games and fun facts for children can be found at Aquafresh, Colgate Kids and Oral-B.

Some Helpful Advice: Diet and Teeth

What Causes Tooth Decay?

The most important cause of tooth decay is sugar in the diet. Every time sugar is put in the mouth, bacteria in plaque attack the tooth surface by producing acid, which starts to dissolve the tooth. Every attack lasts for around 20 minutes until your saliva neutralizes the acid. Someone with poor oral hygiene would be at more risk of having tooth decay because of the plaque and food deposits on their teeth.

Where Is Sugar Found?

Sugar is not only found in biscuits, sweets, and cakes, it is found in a whole variety of food including some crisps, tomato ketchup, baked beans, tinned sweet corn, tinned soups, soft drinks, fizzy drinks and fruit juice (which not only contain a high sugar content but are very erosive to the teeth). Some foods, such as fruit, contain natural sugars. There is also a high sugar content found in syrup-based medicines.

But I Don’t Eat Sweets

Does your child’s diet have A high sugar content?

Always check the labels, the nearer the ingredient is to the beginning of the list the greater the proportion in the food. Sometimes manufacturers use words such as ‘sucrose’, ‘glucose’, ‘fructose’ and ‘inverted sugar’. All of these words are used to describe sugar and can damage your teeth.

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Choose snacks that are naturally low in sugar, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, and cheese.
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Limit sugary treats to occasional indulgences rather than daily snacks.
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Opt for sugar-free or reduced-sugar alternatives when available.
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Encourage drinking water or milk instead of sugary drinks.
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Read food labels together to identify high-sugar products and make informed choices.
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Educate children about the importance of oral health and the effects of sugar on teeth.
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Model healthy eating habits by consuming nutritious snacks and limiting sugary foods in the household.
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Involve children in meal planning and preparation to foster a positive relationship with wholesome foods.
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Offer alternatives to sugary rewards, such as stickers, extra playtime, or non-food treats.
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Schedule regular dental check-ups to monitor oral health and address any concerns early on.

Essential Tips for Effective Toothbrushing

Brushing our teeth is the first step to keeping them clean and preventing decay and gum problems. Always choose a nylon toothbrush which is small enough to reach the very back teeth. Your dentist or hygienist will advise whether to choose a soft or a medium textured bristle. Make sure that you change your brush every six to eight weeks and never use a hard bristled brush as this may damage your gums and teeth. When cleaning your teeth use a dry toothbrush as its effectiveness is reduced if it is wet. Brush every morning and evening using the technique in the pictures.

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Questions? We've got answers!

Children’s dentistry sets the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. It helps prevent dental issues and teaches proper oral hygiene habits from an early age.
It’s recommended to bring your child for their first dental visit by their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts. Early visits establish familiarity and help address any concerns.
Our practice offers a range of children-specific treatments, including dental check-ups, preventive treatments like sealants and fluoride application, as well as orthodontic assessments and guidance.
Make the visit positive by using positive language and explaining that the dentist helps keep their teeth strong and healthy. Bring a comfort item and answer their questions honestly but in a reassuring manner.
Yes, our dentists are experienced in treating children and creating a comfortable environment. They use gentle techniques and communication to ensure your child’s visit is pleasant and stress-free.

Why Choose Coniston Dental Practice for Children's Dentistry?

Choose Coniston Dental Care as your premier destination for children’s dentistry, ensuring your child’s oral health journey is a pleasant and successful one. Our dedicated team combines expertise with compassion, creating a comfortable environment that alleviates dental anxieties. With a focus on preventive care and age-appropriate treatments, we foster healthy dental habits from a young age. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a child-friendly approach, we make every visit enjoyable and educational. Entrust your child’s smile to us and experience dental care that sets the foundation for a lifetime of confident grins.

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