- Use fluoride toothpaste
- Keep sugar to mealtimes
- Visit us for regular check-up appointments
We feel your child’s first visits to our practice are among the most important they will make.
It is often because of a bad experience early on that older children become worried about visiting a dentist. That’s why we make every effort to make sure these early experiences here are just right.
what to expect
We encourage you to register your child with the Practice as soon after birth as possible. This allows us to enrol you on our Childsmile programme and work with you, at this crucial early stage, to help prevent dental decay and gum problems from occurring. It also lets your child get used to the strange surroundings and meet out Team in a relaxed way whilst we answer any questions you may have. It helps us spot problems early and this can avoid the need for teeth to be taken out at a later stage.
Understandably it takes some children longer to get used to their surroundings than others. Don’t be worried if, at these initial appointments we don’t manage to look in your child’s mouth. It’s more important these visits are pleasant ones and that they are taken at each individual child’s pace.
registering your baby or child
It’s never too early to register your child. We recommend you register your baby as soon after birth as possible. This not only ensures early availability of introductory visits but also access to our out of hours emergency service and our Childsmile programme.
We to ensure that visits as easy as possible for all children. Your child may need treatment when they first visit our practice and we try to take this slowly with a few shorter appointments initially. We spend time gradually introducing instruments and treatments and progressing as far as possible, at the individual child’s pace.
preparing your older child
You can play an important role in making these visits a success. Before attending with your child explain to them who they will meet and what will be expected of them. There are children’s books available which many parents find very helpful in doing this. Preparing your child with a positive picture is an invaluable help to us.