NHS Dentist for Children
Your child's very own dentist
We are proud to have an NHS contract in place so that we may treat children under 18 for free on the NHS here at our children's dentist in Liverpool. We believe in getting young patients off to a healthy start and like to make their appointments with us fun and as enjoyable as possible.
Common questions about children's dentistry
My child has never been to the dentist, what can I do?
Everyone used to visit the dentist for the first time at some point in their life, so it's important that baby's first dental visit is stress free and calm, this builds a good basis from which to start. Here are some top tips to help your child if they have never been to the dentist:
- Let them know they can have a free ride in the dental chair going up and down.
- If they wish to have a play with the air and water spray, that's fine, it can help them relax and I often think it's funny.
- If they don't wish to sit in the dental chair, equally that's fine, we can begin seeing your children in a regular chair if that makes the more comfortable.
- Allow them to sit on your lap in the dental chair if that helps.
- Don't restrain your child, work with your dentist to help your child relax and stay calm.
- The first appointment is often just about getting me used to being in a different environment, even if they simply walked into the dental practice, say hello and do nothing more, this is a good place to start.
- Don't use scare tactics such as "Your teeth might fall out if a dentist doesn't look after you", we want your child's experience to always be positive.
What age should a child go to the dentist
We recommend giving your baby up child toothbrush, which usually has soft bristles, to eat and put in their mouths before they even have teeth. This gets and use the experience of having a toothbrush in their mouth. As soon as their teeth start to erupt, usually at around 6 months, this is the time to start bringing them to the dentist. this is because:
- A dentist will be able to spot any developmental problems with their teeth as soon as they start to come through
- As teeth begin to erupt orthodontic problems can be spotted and treated, this can prevent further issues as your baby grows into a child and then an adult.
- Baby teeth need to be looked after as much as adult teeth. If baby teeth have dental decay and disease, this can easily progress into childhood and transfer to the adult/permanent teeth as they come through. It's better to keep on top of this as soon as the baby teeth erupt.
How can I get a free child dentist near me?
If the dentist has an NHS contract to see children then all treatment under the age of 18 will be free. We're pleased to say that our Liverpool-based dental practice has such a contract and can see children with no cost to you.
How do I register my child for the dentist?
It's very simple, simply call us on 0151 286 0330, we can then register your child for free dentistry on the NHS.
Child dental care tips
If you're looking for some child dental health guidance, here are some top tips:
- Give your baby a soft toothbrush to play with and get used to putting the brush in their mouth.
- Start brushing your babies teeth as soon as the first one erupts, usually about 6 months.
- Always use a children's toothpaste, this contains slightly less fluoride than adults toothpaste.
- User children's toothbrush, these have a small head and have slightly soft bristles.
- Supervise your children's teeth brushing and ensure they brush for around 2 min. At a very early age, don't worry about precise brushing of each tooth, just getting used to having the toothbrush and toothpaste in their mouth for 2 min twice a day.
- Don't allow your child or baby to drink anything sweet through a bottle and teat. This has a tendency to keep the liquid in contact with their teeth longer which can cause decay.
- Wherever possible switch sweet drinks for water. Children grow up drinking water instead of sweet drinks have a tendency to stick with this good habit through to adulthood.
- Make the tooth brushing experience fun, do a search on you tube for tooth brushing videos, there are lots there with songs you can sing at the same time.
- Bring your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts.
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