Whether you are a first time parent unsure of what to do when it comes to your child’s teeth, or starting to worry about the condition of your child’s smile for one reason or another, children’s dentistry in Leicester could be exactly what your child needs. Taking your child to the dentist is vitally important as, if this is left to one side, they could develop teeth related problems early on and end up needing a lifetime of dental treatment in some cases.
Our dental practitioners will do whatever they can to support both you and your child through any dental treatments that they may have to undergo at our practice. We understand that going to the dentist can be unsettling for adults, let alone young children, so we always go out of our way to make sure that your child is completely comfortable and at ease when they are receiving treatment.
What treatments are available?
There are several treatments available within children’s dentistry in Leicester, ranging from a simple biannual check-up to more extensive dental treatments such as braces and jaw aligners. If you are worried about your child developing tooth decay then we even have a fluoride treatment that helps to strengthen their teeth which is tooth coloured as well, so it is barely noticeable. Our dental professionals will be able to recommend exactly what your child needs when you bring them to our practice for a check-up.
When is it time to start taking your child to the dentist?
Children’s dentistry in Leicester has prevented hundreds of children from experiencing tooth decay. Here at Aesthetic Smiles we endeavour to achieve the smile your child desires and help them maintain it too. We believe that prevention should be the most important thing when it comes to your child’s teeth, not just being able to resolve the problems when they arise.
It is suggested that you start bringing your child to our dental practice as soon as possible, as this will encourage them to familiarise themselves with the practice and our staff. Their first examination should be booked in with us when they get their first tooth. This can be any time before their first birthday. It is not unheard of for children to have no teeth before their first birthday, so if this is the case then you should make them an appointment with one of our dental practitioners when they are twelve months old, regardless of whether they have any teeth yet or not.
Your child will normally come to us for a routine examination twice a year, as this will allow our dental professionals to monitor their progress and ensure that their teeth stay strong and healthy. Our dentists will also be able to inform you if your child is developing an over or underbite. As with most dental quandaries it is a good idea to get this dealt with sooner rather than later, as it will most likely reduce the amount of time it will take to sort your child’s smile out overall. The longer a dental issue is left the more likely it is to cause other problems with your child’s oral hygiene, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Instilling lifelong habits for taking good care of yourself starts in childhood. This is make-or-break time for so many things because children absorb what is going on around them and then copy it for the rest of their lives. That’s why, if you want your child to have great dental health throughout their lives, it’s up to you as a parent to find a dentist that offers good children’s dentistry in Leicester and then bring them along for regular check-ups.
Mastering the art of the toothbrush
It takes a while to learn how to brush your teeth. Here at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we can teach your child the best ways to hold a toothbrush and how to get at all those teeth, even the ones at the back so that they remove all the plaque. We can make it fun too, so that your little ones can enjoy gaining the discipline to stand still for 2 minutes twice a day – a tall order for most kids.
Check-out the check-up
Whether or not your child grows up to be scared of the dentist depends on what happens to them as a very small person. The best way to get them to form the habit of coming for twice-yearly check-ups is to start bringing them along as soon as you can after they are born. Bring them to your own appointments, as well as those of any older siblings. If they can get used to the dental environment and see you in the dentist’s chair all relaxed and having a positive experience, it won’t be long before they want to have a go themselves.
The sugar trap
Sugar is the big enemy of teeth. It feeds the bacteria that live in our mouths and they give off acids that cause decay and gum disease. Kids tend to suffer from much more decay because they consume more sugary snacks and drinks and aren’t so good at tooth brushing yet.
We can help you prevent decay in your children’s teeth with fluoride treatments to harden the enamel, and fissure sealants to create a protective coating over the teeth.
How many people do you know who are scared of going to the dentist? Have you ever asked them why? Did something terrible happen to them as a child? Or maybe their parents just didn’t bother to take them when they were really little, so their first experiences happened when they were older.
It is possible to get a child used to the dentist, and you can start this process by bringing your child along to their first check-up when their milk teeth start to come through. If you want you can even bring them along to your own appointments before that.
At Aesthetic Smiles, we believe that good children’s dentistry in Leicester leads to good adult oral health later on, in that with positive experiences in their past, as children leave the nest, they will make regular check-ups part of their adult self-care routine.
When you bring your child to us, we will do everything we can to make sure they have a positive experience.
We will also, of course, be on the look-out for any dental issues, so that we can nip them in the bud before they cause damage. So, as with any check-up, we will be looking for signs of early tooth decay and gum disease. In recent years, decay has been on the rise in children, so you may be interested in treatments to prevent decay in children.
We can help protect your children’s teeth against decay by treating them with fluoride, painting it onto the teeth to help strengthen them.
This treatment looks after those back teeth, which are so prone to decay in children, particularly when the biting surfaces have deep crevices or have already shown signs of decay. For this painless treatment, we wash and dry the teeth before conditioning them with a special gel. Then we apply a white or clear sealant, which flows into the fissures. It is hardened with an intense blue light and the job is done.
Of course, your child still needs to get into good regular oral health care habits, but once they have, they tend to last a lifetime.