Children’s Dentistry

Children’s Dentistry

Our team provides a safe and caring environment to look after your child’s teeth. Bringing your child to the dentist as early as possible in their development will encourage a life long positive attitude towards the dental team.
Your child will usually have all of their adult teeth by the age of 12 which is our responsibility along with the parents to maintain for years to come. Prevention is the key to a healthy dentition, which is why we provide a number of treatments to reduce the risk of dental disease:

1. Regular checks ups, oral hygiene and dietary advice to ensure both you and your child know how to look after their teeth.

2. Fluoride varnish is painted onto the surface of the teeth, which reduces the risk of dental decay by up to 40% in adult teeth if applied regularly from the age of 3.

3. We assess the need for orthodontic treatment from a young age. It is often easier to treat orthodontic problems when detected earlier. This further emphasises that regular appointments at the dentist are crucial to your child’s wellbeing.

Prevention is always better than cure, so call the practice today to make an appointment for your child. Remember the NHS offer free treatment for children up until the age of 18!

FAQs

It is very important to bring your little ones to see us from as young as 6 months old. Seeing the dentist from a young age reinforces good dental habits, which continue into adulthood and reduces the anxiety that a lot of children and adults have when seeing the dentist. Additionally, many children are being put to sleep to remove decayed baby teeth. Visiting the dentist picks up on poorly teeth early and reduces the risk of premature loss of the baby tooth due to disease. Keeping the baby teeth in place until they fall our naturally is essential to guiding the adult tooth into position.

All children should be seen by their first birthday or 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth.
Make it fun! If you are enthusiastic about brushing your teeth, your children will also be enthusiastic. Children want to do the things their parents do. If your children see you brushing your teeth and displaying good dental habits, they will follow. Ask your dentist for other creative ways to get your child to brush their teeth.

Getting your children to brush starts with taking them to the dentist at an early age.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and in water. Fluoride is important to dental health because it helps prevent tooth decay by making your tooth enamel more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria in your mouth.

At MM Dental Care we place a fluoride varnish (similar to toothpaste but with lots of Fluoride) onto children’s teeth regularly from the age of 3 until 18. Studies have shown that children who receive fluoride varnish from this young age reduce their risk of dental decay by up to 40% in their adult teeth!
It’s no secret that babies find comfort in using a dummy or sucking their thumb however not many people are aware of the lasting affects this can have on the development of their teeth and jaws.

The long-term use of a dummy or thumb sucking habit influences the shape of the mouth and the alignment of the teeth. Don’t panic!

There’s no need to clear out your stash of dummies just yet. We normally recommend weaning your child off their dummy from around 2 years old and limiting the use to nap/bedtimes if possible.

If your little one doesn’t use a dummy but you’ve noticed them sucking their thumb, maybe introduce a dummy for a short time. Studies show that thumb sucking usually continues into later life and is a much harder habit to break, this will also have damaging effects to the alignment of adult teeth. If you have any questions or would like any further information then give us a call on 0116 2767760 (Uppingham Road) or 0116 2470431 (Upperton Road). We’ll be happy to help.