We see a lot of children and families here at Wigginton Dental Practice. We encourage parents to bring their children to the practice from birth!
In the early few years, the focus with children is on:
- Making them feel comfortable and positive about visiting the dentist. Many children find it fun to be in the “special chair” and see all the “strange equipment”!
- Encouraging them to brush their teeth regularly, and explaining how to do this. (Parental assistance and monitoring is recommended until at least 7 years of age.) Habits formed now can last a lifetime!
- Promoting eating and drinking patterns that help to maintain healthy teeth and gums. See our tips under Caring for your smile.
Most of our children are treated under our NHS contract but others opt to join our Denplan for Children scheme. Prices start from about £6 per month. The scheme works in the same way as the adult plan but has enhanced insurance.
Find out what’s included on the Denplan web site.
We are also able to provide advice about:
- Thumb and finger sucking.
- Fluoride, and fluoridated toothpaste.
- Loss of milk teeth and development of adult teeth.
We monitor the development of adult teeth and advise about the need for orthodontic treatment (the straightening of teeth using braces).
Where necessary, we refer to our orthodontic colleagues, with whom we work closely.
When the first baby teeth come through, brush them using a child’s toothbrush with a small smear of toothpaste.
It is important to supervise your child’s brushing until they are at least 7.
Make tooth brushing a routine – preferably in the morning and last thing before your child goes to bed.
The main factor in tooth decay is not the amount of sugar or acid in the diet, but how often it is eaten or drunk: Keep sugary and acidic foods to mealtimes only.