Why visiting the dentist should be part of your child’s regular routine

“When should my child start visiting the dentist?” It’s a common question likely to have been asked by most first-time parents. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we recommend bringing baby in from the age of 12 months. By that time they should have some if not all of their milk teeth, and should be able to cooperate with the dentist to let them look inside their mouth (with a bit of friendly encouragement from Mum or Dad!).

children-dentistryOf course, we are aware that all children develop differently – it’s not uncommon for babies to be born with some of their teeth present. Should you have any concerns about your child’s teeth before the age of 12 months, or you want advice on how to look after the teeth of a very young baby, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team here at Harley Street Dental Clinic. We will be more than happy to help.

We are lucky to benefit from the services of a paediatric dental specialist, Professor Raman Bedi, at our Harley Street practice. Professor Bedi is the chairman of the Global Child Dental Fund and co-chair of a global expert committee on the prevention and management of caries. He is the head of a specialist children’s dentistry team here at Harley Street and, perhaps of most importance to new parents, he and his team are highly skilled in working with young patients.

Professor Bedi will take the time and the care to build up a real rapport and a relationship of trust with every child, ensuring that visits to the dental practice are quickly viewed as fun, and the dentist as a friendly face that your child looks forward to seeing for check-ups.

At our Harley Street clinic we believe in preventative dentistry, and offer a range of preventative treatments for children, including fluoride varnish and fissure sealant. However, should your child be found to need a filling, their dentist will use a laser in place of the traditional drill, which is a much less stressful experience for child and parent alike.