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Children’s Dentistry

Many of us at Waterside Dentalcare are lucky enough to have had the care of a great dentist while growing up.

This can set a child up for life, and it’s our aim to provide high quality children’s dentistry in a fun and safe environment. We are committed to continuing education and keeping abreast of advances in modern technology. Tooth decay is one of the most common preventable diseases, but to prevent it requires a commitment of time and effort.

With the correct habits, there is no reason why a child should not have healthy teeth for life, but we are here to help if they do have problems. Research shows that preventive dentistry delivered on a regular basis greatly reduces the risk of dental disease in children and provides a platform for a lifetime of improved oral health.
We run a junior care plan (with DPAS Ltd.) which for a monthly fee, includes all preventative dental care – regular visits with one of our highly trained team members for a dental health examination, necessary x-rays, intensive diet and oral hygiene advice and application of fluoride and fissure sealants where appropriate.
The plan also offers emergency help while away from home, and help with dental injuries. Specific dental treatments are not covered by the junior care plan but a written estimate will always be provided and we will talk you through what your child can expect to happen during the treatment and answer any questions that you or they might have.

Baby teeth are not just smaller versions of adult teeth, they require their own approach. A deciduous (milk) tooth has a more prominent pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels, and has poorer quality enamel in comparison to an adult tooth. It is also more difficult to see decay in between deciduous teeth. Any filling placed in a deciduous tooth is relatively large as the teeth are so small which means the filling is less likely to last as long as the same size filling in an adult tooth.

With this in mind we often place a stainless-steel crown over a tooth with decay. This covers every exposed surface of the tooth and therefore seals the tooth and decay off from the rest of the mouth, which means the decay cannot worsen and the tooth will remain stable until it wobbles out. We describe these crowns to children as a shiny hat for their tooth! This may sound very complicated but in skilled hands it is straightforward.

Young children over 6 years of age have permanent (adult) teeth too, which will be in their mouths for the rest of their life. This is why it is so important to instill a good oral hygiene routine from a young age. This can help teeth to last a lifetime, which is especially important as one quarter of girls and one fifth of boys being born now will live to 100 years old!

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