Free Children’s NHS Dentistryat Dentalcare Langley
Dental care for children in Langley
Unfortunately, there are higher numbers than ever for children with tooth decay and gum disease.
At Dentalcare Langley we believe that the best protection for children is prevention and so we advocate starting good dental care from a very young age.
Encouraging good oral hygiene and a good routine whilst young promotes the lifelong values of dental health. It also means children grow up with less fear and anxiety about visiting the dentist.
Children should start brushing their teeth as soon as they get their first tooth, and they should visit the dentist for dental check-ups as soon as they are able. Getting children used to the dentist encourages them to be more relaxed. It also builds confidence and trust as well as preparing children to take an interest in lifetime care for their teeth.
NHS dental care for children is free in the UK.
Dental treatment for children in Langley
Whilst prevention in dental care for children is key, we also use dental check-ups to spot any irregularities or special needs. Identifying them as soon as possible helps create a long-term controlled correction plan for a successful outcome without risk.
Other treatments include:
Fissure sealants – this clear liquid is painted on to the biting teeth of children in order to help protect teeth which might get missed with a toothbrush. Usually lasting between 3 and 5 years, this sealant helps prevent cavities from forming. We will assess your child’s teeth to see if fissure sealants are necessary. Most children start to wear dental sealants at age 6 or 7.
Fluoride varnish – whilst fluoride is essential to your child’s teeth, too much of it can cause fluorosis – white spots which form on the enamel. At Dentalcare we will advise the right amount of fluoride for your child and should they need it, we can offer fluoride varnish to help prevent tooth decay. This quick process involves applying the varnish directly on to the teeth with a brush.
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.
Dental Check by 1
Starting Well Core is a commissioning approach which aims to reduce oral health inequalities and improve oral health for children aged 0-2 years through:
- Increasing dental access and attendance for children aged 0-2 years.
- Delivering evidence-based preventive care in practice (e.g. preventive advice, fluoride interventions, support for behaviour change).
- Raising public and professional awareness to promote early-years dental attendance, and support the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry’s campaign for a Dental Check by One.