Hygiene is important in early years, to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

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Hygiene

Regular dental check-ups help your dentist to help you prevent and treat decay before it causes cavities and toothache. Many of the staff at GP Dental have young children of their own! Our friendly and gentle team will encourage a positive experience for your whole family.

Children should start to visit the dental practice as young as possible, so bring them along with you to your check-ups.  They may be too young for an examination but the visits helps to familiarise them with the surroundings, smells, noise and most importantly, to meet the dentists!

The check up

The examinations will be informal to start, a quick look using a dental mirror. This includes counting the teeth and looking for signs of decay. As the child’s confidence grows, your dentist will carry out a more thorough examination including:

  • Which teeth have erupted (come through the gum).
  • Assessing the development of the jaw.
  • Looking at the soft tissues (tongue, cheeks, lips and throat).
  • Checking for cavities in the teeth.
  • As the child gets older we will assess how they bite together to check if orthodontics are required later on.
  • X-rays are recommended if your child’s teeth are positioned touching one another (baby teeth often have gaps between them), or when they are old enough to tolerate them.

 

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Advice on preventive care

  • Healthy diet
  • Brushing techniques
  • Fluoride treatments as required
  • Fissure sealants if there is a high risk of cavities developing

Please refer to Patient Education for further information regarding your child’s oral health.

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