Because going to the dentist can be scary for some children, we’ve worked to make it a fun, safe, calming experience. When your visit is over there will be smiles all around—including you!
Your Child is included in all discussions, so we know that they want to co-operate. This helps prevent future anxiety and phobias. We also encourage parents to use similar techniques as us, and use the ‘right’ words to help us in this process.
The problems affecting children’s dental health are severe. Dental care is the single greatest unmet need for health services among children.
Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, affecting nearly 60 percent of children. For some it’s getting worse—between 1994 and 2004 it increased by 15 percent among kids aged two to five.
Children’s teeth need to be looked after gently and carefully
By having routine check-ups at Maycroft Dental Practice, from an early age, it can help to eliminate the fear of the Dentist and establish a good dental routine they can follow throughout their lives.
Your child’s early dental experiences form their life approach to dental hygiene and care.
From around 2 years of age we recommend that you bring your child in for a visit. They will get to have a ride in the dental chair and find out more about their teeth. Our team of friendly staff will make your child feel right at home and help them to understand the importance of caring for their teeth.
When to start Brushing?
You should start brushing when the first tooth begins to show. Baby teeth usually appear at around six months, and all baby teeth should be visible by two years of age. Your child’s first adult teeth appear behind the baby teeth at about six, and the first baby teeth will start to fall around the same time.
How Often to Brush?
- Use a soft-bristled children’s brush with a pea-sized smear of toothpaste and brush gently but thoroughly, ensuring all teeth are covered. Under 6’s should use a ‘smear’ of toothpaste, above 6’s, a small pea sized amount. Your child should brush their own teeth, but brush again after they’ve finished to make sure the back teeth are cleaned. A good tip is to cradle your child’s head and brush their teeth from behind – it may help you to reach the top and bottom rows.
- To help your child enjoy brushing their teeth, why not turn on their favourite song. If they start brushing from the very beginning of the song to the end, it will help make the time go much faster and they will get their 2 minutes of brushing done in no time!
- Young children learn best by imitation. Brushing together can help make brushing a fun part of your child’s daily routine. Parents will need to help until they feel confident that their child can reach all the tricky spots and brush with confidence.
- Healthy eating habits are beneficial to your child’s overall well-being. Encourage your child to eat healthy snacks and discuss their food choices with them.
All About Fluoride
Fluoride is a chemical ion of the element fluorine (from the Latin fluo meaning “to flow”), in that fluoride has one extra electron that gives it a negative charge.
Fluoride is found naturally in water, foods, soil, and several minerals such as fluorite and fluorapatite. However, it is also synthesized in laboratories where it may be added to drinking water or used in a variety of chemical products.
Fluoride is most commonly associated with dental hygiene products and tooth protection. Most people are exposed to fluoride through treated drinking water or products such as toothpaste and mouthwash.
Fluoride can be applied upto 3 monthly in high risk individuals. It is suitable for children, as developing teeth are much softer, especialy for the first year after eruption.
Our high strength Fluoride can be used in adults, especially those with sensitive teeth, and exposed roots.
Did you know that exposed roots are far more likely to decay as they have no enamel coating, here at Maycroft Dental Practice we are keen to prevent tooth decay, especially in this area of the tooth as it can quickly affect the pulp (and nerve tissue).
A technique to end childhood fillings? Introducing The Hall technique!
A new pain-free method of treating tooth decay could see an end to the drilling and filling procedures endured by countless children every year.
Known as the Hall technique, it involves fitting stainless steel crowns over diseased baby teeth and cementing them in place until the tooth falls out naturally.
Developed by Norna Hall, a dentist in Aberdeenshire, the method aims to prevent spread of decay without the need for dental intervention.
No anaesthetic is needed and, unlike standard techniques that remove decay and some sections of tooth before a crown is fitted, the Hall technique simply involves slipping a metal crown over the decaying tooth and cementing it into position onto the tooth.
The crowns are made of a soft alloy, attached by a thin alloy ribbon at the base of the tooth so that they can be moulded to fit each individual.
Because the soft alloy base of the crowns are malleable, they are easily pressed into position and fit tightly enough to remain in place until the tooth drops out normally, at around the age of ten.
The crowns simply drop out with the tooth, as they are not attached to the gum.
The decay is simply sealed in under the crown and we hope the tooth is shed before the decay has a chance to cause any trouble.
Unlike fillings and extractions, which are distressing procedures for both children and their parents, the Hall technique is minimally invasive and pain-free.