Children’s Dentistry at Larkham House

Happy child in dentist chair at Larkham House

When should my child start going to the dentist?

We recommend that your child first sees a dentist and has their first dental check-up from the age of six months as this is when the first tooth usually appears, and certainly by the age of one when most of your baby’s front teeth are present. This follows the guidance of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry. We are also on hand for dietary advice (especially on the intake of sugars) and proper oral care recommendations.

The journey to a life of healthy teeth and gums starts even before your child requires dental care.

What happens at my child’s first appointment?

The first appointment is an important one, it should be a positive and fun experience so that your child grows up without any dental phobias. It’s a chance to meet your dentist and their team. Hopefully your child will enjoy the ride in the dental chair, and be ready to open their mouth for an examination. Don’t worry if that is not the case, we are naturally gifted with children and skilled at making the most nervous child feel comfortable and happy in our surgery. We are kind and gentle, with lots of tricks up our sleeve to make visiting the dentist a positive experience.

This visit is also an opportunity for you to check what sort of toothbrush and toothpaste is right for your child and to get advice on food and drink. We also offer fluoride varnish so that when your child is a bit older, he or she can be given a protective varnish for their back teeth which helps to prevent decay. The NHS Change4Life website has tips and ideas for cutting down on sugary foods and drinks.

We aim to make your child’s appointments positive and something to look forward to, good oral health, not only affects your child’s confidence but also alleviate future pain and extensive treatment.

When and how often should children brush their teeth?

  1. Clean teeth for two minutes twice a day.
  2. Always brush just before bedtime.
  3. Clean teeth before breakfast and not after, as this removes potential acid-forming bacteria that has built up overnight.
  4. Always spit out of toothpaste, but never rinse as this will wash away the fluoride, reducing its protection.
  5. If your child brushes after meals, always wait for a few minutes to give their mouth time to neutralise any acid, brushing sooner could drive the acid deeper into teeth, corroding them further.

Dietary advice and oral health education

In addition to advice given by our dentists, we have two lead nurses who are Oral Health Educators and would be happy to spend time giving visual demonstrations. They are qualified to give dietary advice for healthier choices for you and your child as well as in Schools and Nurseries.

Looking after baby teeth

Looking after baby teeth

Did you know that baby teeth are just as susceptible to cavities as adult teeth? You should start brushing your child’s teeth twice a day as soon as they emerge, use a very thin film of high fluoride toothpaste (no less than 1,000 ppm / parts per million).  The fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by protecting the tooth against sugars and bacteria in the mouth. It’s important that your child spits out the toothpaste, but not necessary for them to rinse with water as the excess fluoride can continue to protect their teeth.

It is essential that you look after baby teeth, they function as “placeholders” for your child’s permanent teeth. If baby teeth are lost too early it can cause adult teeth to grow wrongly into the empty space, making it difficult for other teeth to find room later.  This could lead to a variety of future dental issues such as tooth decay, gum disease and abnormal wear on the tooth surfaces.

Happy child brushing their teeth

My child won’t brush their teeth, what can I do to encourage them?

  1. Try fruit-flavoured toothpaste which contains fluoride.
  2. Only use a ‘pea size’ amount of toothpaste from aged two-years-old and up and a ‘smear’ for children under two years.
  3. Children’s toothbrushes should always have a small head.
  4. Try offering fun rewards, sticker charts, or make up a silly song to encourage your child to brush your teeth.
  5. Download a Toothbrush Timer app to make it more fun.
  6. Buy a big egg timer and see who can keep brushing until the two-minute timer runs out!

When should my child see an orthodontist?

The age at which treatment may be undertaken varies depending on the needs of your child, Generally, Orthodontic treatment is carried out once all the adult teeth have emerged, however in certain cases early intervention can reduce or even avoid future orthodontic treatment. As a rule, we recommend that around the age of 8 is an appropriate time for your child to be assessed by our specialist orthodontist.

What do our patients say about treatment at Larkham House?

Very friendly and supportive staff

Very friendly and supportive staff – they always think of patients needs and treat all patients as individuals, not the same.

Claire

Extremely Caring

Extremely caring, I have been made to feel at ease.

Dental implant patient December

Happy Implant Patient

I had a tooth taken out and an implant done to replace the gap. I would 100% say to go for it, the whole experience, start to finish has been amazing, and all the questions asked were answered and more. I’m a nervous patient, but everyone made me feel so much better and my implant… Read more “Happy Implant Patient”

Implant patient

Professional Treatment

Dentist Dr Vivek Giddani makes you feel at ease – had confidence in his ability to make the procedure as pleasant as possible and not have any adverse outcomes.

Implant Patient

A very professional and welcoming team.

A very professional and welcoming team. Clinic very modern and equipped with the latest technology. Would highly recommend a visit.

Amanda H.

Fabulous dentist

As a very very nervous patient and I haven’t visited a dentist for a long time, I took myself and my son here. Fabulous dentist who kept me very calm thank you

Claire F.

Warm welcome

Warm welcome. Friendly professional team. I am nervous of the dentist but was made to feel at ease immediately. Thank you.

Diane B.

Lovely practice

Lovely practice, never run late and never rushed by dentist, feel like the checkup we have is always thorough and honest.

Lyndsey W.

Would recommend this practice to anyone

My families teeth are in safe hands! Would recommend this practice to anyone

Joanna C.

Excellent service

Excellent service , they really care about you as a person and your family well being.

Abigail R. S.

Excellent service

Excellent service and jolly good hygienists too!

Debbie C.

Excellent practice

Excellent practice. Hygienist brilliant!

Donna E.
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