Visiting the dentist from an early age has been proven to help prevent dental phobia later in life. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we recommend bringing your child in from the age of 12 months onwards, when some of their first teeth should have started to appear. Of course, all babies are different, and some are even born with teeth. If you notice anything of concern with your baby’s teeth at any stage, bring them in for a consultation.
Harley Street Dental Clinic has a dedicated children’s dental team, led by paediatric specialist Professor Raman Bedi, who is chairman of the Global Child Dental Fund and co-chair of a global expert committee on caries prevention and management.
The benefits of early visits to the dentist
By visiting the dentist from the age of 12 months onwards, you not only teach your child that the dental practice is nothing to be afraid of, but also you help them to establish good oral health for life.
Children in the UK still have unacceptably high levels of tooth decay, and whilst this is improving there is still a lot of work to be done. A good children’s dentist can spot any potential problems early, and can provide your child with age-appropriate information and encouragement to help them get the most out of brushing their teeth.
At our Harley Street clinic, Professor Bedi will always take the time to get to know young patients, and will talk to them as well as their parents to explain any treatments or changes to the home tooth cleaning routine that are required.
Links have been proven between bad dental health and other general health conditions, including diabetes and gum disease. Therefore, visiting the dentist is vitally important for patients of all ages.
At our Harley Street clinic we believe that prevention is better than cure, and offer a number of preventative measures to child patients, including fluoride varnish and fissure sealants, designed to strengthen the teeth and help prevent decay.
Should we find your child does need a filling, their dentist will use a laser to removed decayed areas of a tooth, which is pain-free and far less stressful than a traditional drill.