Why early years dentist visits are vital to maintaining good oral health for life

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we believe children benefit from visiting the dentist from an early age. A negative experience during childhood is one of the main reasons adults give for fear or phobia of the dentist – a problem that affects approximately one in ten adults in the UK.

oral healthAt our Harley Street clinic, we have a specialist children’s dental team, which is headed up by leading paediatric dental expert Professor Raman Bedi. We recommend bringing children in from the age of 12 months onwards, by which time their teeth should have started to appear.

By coming along with a parent or guardian, or an elder sibling, young children will soon learn that visiting the dentist is nothing to be afraid of. By observing and copying sitting in the dental chair and opening their mouth to let their practitioner take a look at their teeth.

Early intervention can help to prevent the development of tooth decay, which is still shockingly prevalent in children in the UK. While this is improving, there is still much work to be done, and early visits to the dentist have been shown to increase the chances of maintaining good dental habits and health for life.

Professor Bedi and his team are experienced in working with children, taking the time to build up a relationship of trust with them and talking to the child as well as their parents, explaining any treatment in an easy-to-understand, age-appropriate manner.

We also offer a range of preventative treatments at our Harley Street clinic, including fluoride varnish and fissure sealant to help prevent tooth decay. If your child does need treatment for tooth decay, we use a laser in place of a drill, for improved patient comfort.