Children Dentistry in West Byfleet

Children's Teeth

As dental professionals we believe in preventive dental care and encourage our patients to bring their children to the practice from an early age. Regular check-ups from a young age will ensure children don’t suffer from untreated dental decay with devastating effects to their growing dentition. There are a number of preventive treatments that our team can provide for children:

  • Fluoride applications are a safe and effective way to safeguard your child’s growing teeth from developing decay. The fluoride is painted onto the surface of the teeth, helping to mineralise them.
  • Tooth-coloured fissure sealants are applied to the biting surfaces of children's teeth to prevent decay.
  • Studies have shown that the younger your child is when attending their first dental appointment, even if just for a check-up, the more likely they are to have a positive experience and to grow up unafraid of the dentist. Our team will take special care of your child to make them feel safe and cared for.
  • Treating a child from a young age also allows the dentist to spot early signs of underbites, cross bites or overbites developing. As with most dental problems, the sooner you can start to treat it, the quicker it can be resolved.

Prevention is always better than cure, so call the practice today to make an appointment for your child.

Life Benefits

  • Healthy teeth and gums for life.
  • Reduced risk of developing tooth decay and reduced need for fillings.
  • No fears or phobias of the dentist.
FAQ’s

It is recommended to schedule your child's first dental visit around their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth appears. Early dental visits help familiarise your child with the dental office and allow the dentist to check for any potential issues.

Children should typically visit the dentist every six months for regular check-ups and cleanings. However, your dentist may suggest more frequent visits if your child has specific dental needs or is at a higher risk of dental problems.

Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, it's crucial to care for them. Clean your child's gums with a soft cloth before their first tooth erupts, and once the teeth appear, use a child-sized toothbrush with a smear of fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Encourage your child to spit out the excess toothpaste but avoid rinsing as it helps to retain the fluoride.

Children typically start losing their baby teeth around the age of six or seven. This process continues until around the age of twelve or thirteen when all the permanent teeth have erupted.

If your child complains of a toothache, rinse their mouth with warm water and gently floss around the affected tooth to remove any food particles that may be causing the pain. If the pain persists, contact your dentist for an appointment.

Thumb sucking and pacifier use are common habits in infants and young children. However, if these habits continue beyond the age of three, they can affect the proper growth and alignment of the teeth. It is important to encourage your child to stop thumb-sucking or pacifier use and consult with your dentist if you need additional guidance or support.

Yes, fluoride is safe and beneficial for your child's teeth. It helps strengthen the enamel and protect against tooth decay. However, it is important to use fluoride toothpaste in the appropriate amount for your child's age. Young children should use a smear of toothpaste, while older children can use a pea-sized amount.

Most children can start using mouthwash around the age of six or when they can rinse and spit effectively. However, it is essential to choose a child-friendly, alcohol-free mouthwash and consult with your dentist for specific recommendations.

To prevent cavities, encourage your child to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, floss daily, follow a healthy diet low in sugary foods and drinks, and visit the dentist regularly. Dental sealants can also be applied to the molars to provide an extra layer of protection against cavities.

If your child knocks out a permanent tooth, it's important to act quickly. Rinse the tooth without scrubbing, and if possible, gently reinsert it into the socket. If you're unable to reinsert the tooth, place it in a container of milk or saliva and contact your dentist immediately.

Yes, sports activities can pose a risk to your child's teeth. It is essential to have your child wear a mouthguard during sports to protect their teeth from injuries. Custom-fitted mouthguards provided by your dentist offer the best protection.

Make brushing fun by choosing a colourful toothbrush and toothpaste with their favourite characters. Set a routine and brush your teeth together as a family to make it a positive experience. You can also use educational resources or apps that make brushing more interactive and engaging for children.

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Byfleet Dental
Opening Hours
Monday 9.00 am to 7.00 pm
Tuesday 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Wednesday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 9.00 am to 7.00 pm
Saturday 9.00 am to 2.00 pm
Sunday Closed
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Byfleet Dental
29 High Road
Byfleet
West Byfleet
Surrey
KT14 7QH