Baby’s first visit to the dentist: the benefits of quality early years dental care

Bringing your child to visit the dentist from an early age will help to set them up with good oral health for life. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a dedicated children’s dentistry team, and recommend that you bring your baby for the first check-up from the age of 12 months.

children-dentistBy this age, their teeth should have started to appear – although every baby is different, of course, and you are welcome to contact our Harley Street practice at any time if you are concerned about your baby’s oral health.

These early visits to the dental practice are as much about getting your child used to the surgery environment as they are about checking the health of their teeth. Children often enjoy observing a parent or older sibling sitting in the chair and letting the dentist look inside their mouth, then copying what they see.

The aim is for your child to see the dentist as a friendly face, and practice visits as routine.

The children’s dental team at Harley Street Dental Clinic is led by Professor Raman Bedi, who is chair of the Global Child Dental Fund and co-chair of a global expert committee on caries management and prevention.

Children in the UK still have unacceptably high levels of tooth decay, and early visits to the dentist are vital to preventing this, and helping your child to avoid unnecessary pain, suffering, and shame. When you bring your child to visit the dentist at our Harley Street clinic, we will ensure that they feel safe and well-cared-for at all times.

Preventative treatments such as fluoride varnish and fissure sealant will be offered by your child’s dentist to strengthen and protect their teeth, whilst tips on tooth brushing techniques will be presented in an engaging and age-appropriate manner.

Regular dentist visits also make it possible to spot possible signs of orthodontic issues at an early stage, often making them simpler and less invasive to treat. We have a unique collection of specialists at our Harley Street dental practice, including a team of orthodontists who can treat any problems promptly and efficiently should they be found.