Dental Care for Children
Ensure Strong & Healthy Teeth for your Kids
At Millersneuk Dental Practice, Glasgow our qualified dentists will address most aspects of your child’s dental health in a caring, comfortable and anxious-free environment. All aspects of childrens’ dental care are seen to, from preventative measures such as fissure sealants and fluoride varnish to more complex processes such as dental fillings, crown placement, pulp treatment, and baby tooth extraction.
We believe at Millersneuk Dental that prevention is better than cure and the dentist will spend time with you and your child discussing diet, effective toothbrushing and fluoride tips. All these aspects will help to prevent any future tooth decay and will help ensure strong and healthy teeth for your children.
We endeavour to provide a positive experience for all our dental patients and aim to establish a sound and trusting relationship between dentist and patient. Should your child be anxious about dental treatment the dentist will spend time with them explaining details and acclimatising them to the surgery and dental treatments – we always do our utmost to make sure all patients are as comfortable as possible.
Dental Health Tips for Children
A regular teeth-cleaning routine is essential for good dental health. Follow these tips and you can help keep your kids’ teeth decay-free:
- Start to brush your baby’s gums with a soft toothbrush at bath time, or even let your baby have a go themselves as long as you supervise them. This establishes brushing their teeth as part of the washing routine.
- Start brushing your baby’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through (usually at around six months, but it can be earlier or later). It’s important to use a fluoride paste as this helps prevent and control tooth decay.
- Brush your child’s teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day. Encourage them to spit out excess toothpaste but not to rinse with lots of water.
- Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it. From the age of seven or eight they should be able to brush their own teeth, but it’s still a good idea to watch them now and again to make sure they brush properly and for the whole two minutes.
Making sure children brush their teeth properly
- Guide your child’s hand so they can feel the correct movement.
- Use a mirror to help your child see exactly where the brush is cleaning their teeth.
- Make tooth brushing as fun as possible, using an egg timer to time it for at least two minutes.
Taking your child to Millersneuk Dental Practice
Once you’ve established a good tooth-brushing routine at home, the next step is the first trip to Millersneuk Dental Practice. These tips can make this a lot easier:
- Take your child to Millersneuk Dental Practice when they’re as young as possible and at least once by the time they’re two. This is so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist. The dentist can help to prevent decay and identify any health problems at an early stage. Just opening up the child’s mouth for the dentist to take a look is useful practice for when they could benefit from future preventive care.
- When you visit Millersneuk Dental Practice, be positive about it and make the trip fun. This will stop your child worrying about future visits. NHS dental care for children is free.
- Take your child with you when you go for your own dental check-up appointments at Millersneuk Dental Practice so they get used to it.