21st June 2019
Children’s treatments at the dentist
As a family-friendly dental practice, we offer treatments for children so that they can learn all about their dental health and how best to preserve it. We believe in the importance of introducing children to the dentist at an early age so that they learn we are nothing to be afraid of! This in turn will help them keep up healthy at-home dental care whilst also understanding and benefitting from the care a dentist provides. Here’s what we offer from our Maidstone dental practice.
Meet our dental therapists
Our dental therapists are the best accompaniment to the dentist out there! They provide essential dental hygiene advice, treatments for both adults and children, and perform many routine treatments to ensure your children’s teeth stay healthy and happy.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevents tooth decay, and it is used in many at-home care products. Our dental therapists can apply a fluoride varnish to your child’s teeth, which contains high concentrations of the mineral. We recommend this treatment every 6 months to help prevent tooth decay in children’s teeth. It works by strengthening the naturally occurring protective layer of enamel, helping to fight against bacteria, cavities, and plaque build-up. Bring your child to the dentist from as young as 3 years old to receive fluoride treatment.
At our children’s dentist in Maidstone, we offer fissure sealants for our younger patients too. Fissure sealants are appropriate when your child’s back adult teeth have started to come through (around the age of 7). The chewing surfaces of the back teeth are coated with a special thin plastic coating to keep germs and food particles out of the grooves of the developing teeth. It helps to stop food lingering in these crevices and therefore helps fight against decay and cavities. Fissure sealants at your dentist could last for as long as 5 to 10 years, helping your child maintain their smile.
The pulp of your tooth lies within the centre of it, so you can’t see it unless it is exposed, which is not what we want. In unfortunate cases of decay or traumatic injury, the pulp of a child’s tooth may be exposed. This is very uncomfortable as the pulp is full of nerve tissue that will be extremely sensitive. If your child is complaining of constant tooth ache, pain in the tooth at night, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, swelling or redness around the tooth, or sudden tooth wobbling, then you should bring them to a dentist appointment as soon as you can.
Children’s dentist in Maidstone
Bringing your children to the dentist is essential even when looking after their baby teeth, because they are essential to mouth function and speech development as well as teaching your children lessons for life. Contact Roseacre Cottage Dental on 01622 730 548 to book your child in for a routine appointment with our dental therapists and dentist. Additionally you can read information on our Children’s Smile Plan that we offer.