Free Children’s NHS Dentistryat Dentalcare Swindon
Dental care for children in Swindon
We look forward to treating your children’s teeth in Swindon. We believe that children should be encouraged to visit the dentist from a young age, and as NHS dental care for children is free in the UK, there’s no reason not to do this. Developing good habits early on helps children to feel relaxed about visiting the dentist and should reduce any feelings of anxiety about seeing the dentist when they’re older.
Dental Check-up by 1 year
Children should start brushing their teeth as soon as their first tooth appears, and they can visit the dentist as soon as they are able.
Dental Check by 1 is a nationwide initiative which we endorse, launched by The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry to encourage children to have their teeth checked by a dentist before their first birthday.
Dental treatment for children in Swindon
Our general check-ups for children are primarily to be a preventative measure in protecting young teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. Regular checks also allow us to spot any irregularities with teeth and means we can treat any problems early on.
Treatments for children include:
Fissure sealants – This clear liquid is painted on to your child’s teeth if they are deemed to be at risk of tooth decay. It prevents cavities from forming by giving an extra layer of protection to teeth. It usually lasts between 3 and 5 years and can be given to children aged 6 upwards.
Fluoride varnish – Should your child need extra fluoride it can be administered in the form of a varnish which is applied directly to your child’s teeth. The process is quick and harmless.
Children’s braces – We closely monitor the growth of children’s adult teeth and can make recommendations about types of braces for children should your child suffer with problems such as overcrowding, crookedness or issues with their bite.
Frequently asked questions about children’s dentistry
When do children start getting their adult teeth?
The first adult molars will appear when your child is about 6 before the baby teeth begin to fall out aged 6 or 7. All adult teeth should be in place by the age of 14 except for the wisdom teeth which generally show any time between the age of 18 and 25.
How can I prevent tooth decay in my child?
Sadly, tooth decay is on the rise for children in the U.K. The main cause of tooth decay is not what they eat and drink, but how often sugar and acid is consumed in children’s diet. The more frequently they consume sugary or acidic food and drink, the more likely they are to have tooth decay. Try to restrict sugary and acidic foods just to mealtimes and offer vegetables, cheese and fruit as snacks. Restrict the amount of dried fruit as this is high in sugar. Regular brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste will also help prevent tooth decay.