FAMILY DENTAL HEALTH CARE

Child Treatments

Here at Smile Design we see it as our mission to help you keep your teeth healthy and beautiful for life, from cradle to grave. Our friendly team of dentists and dental nurses offer regular dental check-ups and dental hygiene.

Child friendly dental treatments

Bringing your child to visit Smile Design as young as possible, and certainly as soon as their teeth start to grow, will help them get used to visiting the dentist, sitting in the chair and hearing the noises in the surgery.  It is important that they are comfortable with the idea, so if you have fears of your own about dental treatment try not to let your children pick up on them.

Regular check-ups and any necessary treatments will ensure their teeth start healthy and remain healthy from the time their first milk teeth appear right through to their teenage years and beyond.  We recommend six-monthly check-ups and visits to the dentist to avoid problems developing.  We can also discuss NHS and private tooth-straightening options when and if your child needs them and sort out any teeth that may become damaged in childhood accidents or during sport.

Hygiene and dental health

It’s good practice to start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they come through (usually at around 6 months), using a baby toothbrush and toothpaste twice a day.  Try not to give them anything to eat or drink after their teeth have been cleaned at night.

The healthier your child’s teeth are the fewer treatments they will need, so encourage them to eat and drink healthily, avoid sugary drinks and snacks, and get into the habit of cleaning their own teeth properly as soon as they are old enough to do it for themselves.

If your child has physical disabilities, learning difficulties or suffers from anxiety we can help in a variety of ways, so please don’t hesitate to discuss the situation with us before your first visit.  Our surgery is very child-friendly, with comfortable seats and a play area, and a layout designed for ease of access; our staff are always happy to make children comfortable in every way we can.

Friendly dental treatments

Good oral health in childhood gives your child a head-start in maintaining healthy teeth and gums throughout their life.  Childsmile, the Scottish NHS children’s dental service, ensures that all children, whatever their income or family background, have the best possible dental care from the age of three months and upwards. It is offered by all NHS dentists, as well as nurseries and primary schools.

Treatments starts as early as possible: there’s no need to wait until the first tooth appears before registering your child for Childsmile.  You should take your baby to the dental practice for a check-up every six months, even before their teeth start showing, to get them used to what goes on.

We can give you advice on healthy weaning, diet, teething, fluoride, how to brush your children’s teeth and teach them to do so when they’re old enough, and caring for your child’s teeth and gums to ensure they remain healthy.

Prevent occurring problems

We will also provide any necessary treatments, including offering six-monthly fluoride varnish applications to Childsmile patients over the age of two.

Fluoride varnish has been proved to be effective in reducing tooth decay, especially when used in conjunction with fluoride toothpaste.  It is quite safe in the small doses used and there is no risk to children’s general health from this level of fluoride use.

If you need extra help, we can arrange for a Dental Health Support Worker to visit your home and accompany you to the practice.

Through Childsmile we aim to give children the best possible start for their oral hygiene and dental health.  We also teach them not to be frightened of visiting the dentist, preventing problems later in life.