You won’t see ADA labels in the UK but choosing suitable toothpaste for a child is useful and we are happy to advise. In a similar vein, ensuring your child gets used to visiting a dentist from an early age matters.
This builds habits which help their teeth to last a lifetime and if there is a dental problem, early treatment brings better outcomes.
Needing significant care is thankfully unusual for children, although we are all aware of issues which have seen this increase. Prevention and education offer a solution and they are the focus of our paediatric dental care.
Family Centred Care
Where an adult is a member of our dental plan, children under 5 can be registered for free. From then, until they reach 18, lower costs apply.
There is no minimum age for a visit, as soon as parents and children feel comfortable to attend, they are welcome. Their dentist will suggest a sensible appointment rate and help them to relax when they visit.
Building trust is valuable and for older children, if parents agree, coming on their own can contribute. They will be met by a welcoming environment and establish confidence in dentistry which can last.
The care they receive is unrushed, children are in no sense treated as lesser patients, if anything the opposite. Examinations, discussion and explanation are thorough.
If treatment is required, this is delivered with care. There can be a range of needs which we meet in house, including orthodontics. That can be a helpful option for younger patients, as is the treatment below.
Pit & Fissure Sealants
Children’s permanent teeth start to come through between 6 and 7 years of age and continue to appear up to 13, or 14. In a percentage of cases, they have deeper than average grooves on their back teeth, the molars and premolars.
These grooves are known as pits and fissures, which have the potential to hold food residue. This can mean additional bacteria grows in those areas, possibly leading to decay and a need for fillings.
Sealant can be applied to prevent unwanted build up, a protective plastic coating. The process is quick and painless, a thorough clean, a preseal solution which soon dries, then liquid sealant which is set using ultraviolet light.
Whilst they can wear over time and need replacing, the sealants usually last for years. They are a fairly low cost treatment with a long term benefit.
Supporting Young Patients
Your children’s dentist will tell you if teeth should be sealed, or if any other care is required. Paediatric dental treatment is a key area for Elgin Dental Care, part of the lifetime support we want to offer the community.
Alongside the more significant input of their parents, we feel our staff can help children to be involved in their oral health. From adopting a good cleaning regime, to openly raising any concerns they have.
Our teeth and gums are important, as we grow, sound dental treatment and advice should be readily available. If we can help, by all means get in touch.