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Children’s Dentistry

Gentle care for your child's bright smile

Children’s Dentistry in Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Expert Children's Dentistry at Westcliff Dental Practice

Our dedicated team focuses on nurturing healthy smiles from a young age, offering a range of tailored services including routine check-ups, preventive treatments, and early orthodontic assessments. We create a warm and welcoming environment where children feel comfortable and empowered to take charge of their oral health. With a strong emphasis on education and preventive care, we strive to make every dental visit a positive and enjoyable experience for your child. Schedule an appointment today and let us help your child maintain a lifetime of happy and confident smiles.

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Early Preventative Dental Care for Children

At our practice, we prioritise preventative dental care and advocate for early intervention, starting from childhood. We encourage parents to bring their children to our practice at an early age for regular check-ups. This proactive approach ensures that children avoid the potentially devastating effects of untreated dental decay on their developing teeth. Our team offers a range of preventative treatments tailored specifically for children, including fluoride applications and fissure sealants, which protect growing smiles from decay.

Building Positive Dental Experiences

Research indicates that introducing children to dental visits at a young age, even for simple check-ups, fosters positive experiences and reduces dental anxiety later in life. Our dedicated team ensures a nurturing environment where your child feels safe and cared for during their dental visits. Early dental visits also enable our dentists to identify signs of orthodontic issues such as underbites, crossbites, or overbites in their early stages. Timely intervention allows for prompt treatment, leading to quicker resolutions.

How to reduce the risk of tooth decay

Sugar Reduction Tips

Cut out or cut down the sugar content in your diet. Try to buy sugar-free, low sugar or diet products.

Mealtime Sugar Limits

Limit your sugar intake to meal times only. It is a fact that the more frequently you have sugar, the more increased your risk of tooth decay is.

Healthy Snack Alternatives

For low sugar snacks during the day try: – fresh fruit, crispy vegetables, natural yoghurt with added fruit, sugar-free crisps, savoury sandwiches, cheese, pizza slices and hard-boiled eggs.

Sugar-Free Medicine

Buy sugar-free medicines for children.

Chewing Gum Choice

Chew sugar-free gum.

Sweetener Substitution

Have sweeteners in tea or coffee instead of sugar.

Sugar-Free Mints

Buy sugar-free mints instead of boiled sweets.

Healthy Drink Options

Drink milk, water or sugar-free squash instead of fizzy drinks and fruit juice.

Sugar-Free Treats

Buy sugar-free ice pops or make your own ice-lollies with sugar-free squash.

Why is a regular dental check-up so important for children?

Did you know?…

Early Molar Protection

A child’s first adult molars come through at around the age of six. These teeth can be fissure sealed to help protect them from decay.

Diet and Brushing Tips

At each check-up we will provide help and advice with diet and brushing.

Early Decay Detection

The earlier any decay can be detected, the easier it is to treat.

Orthodontic Evaluation

We will check the position of new teeth emerging and give advice on whether Orthodontic treatment (braces) might be necessary.

Reducing Childhood Dental Fear

Regular examinations at a young age reduces the fear factor for children.

Why choose us for your children’s dentistry in Essex?

Choose us for children’s dentistry in Southend-on-Sea, Essex because we prioritise your child’s oral health with a compassionate and personalised approach. Our experienced team creates a friendly and comfortable environment, making dental visits positive and stress-free.

We focus on preventive care, offering thorough check-ups, cleanings, and education on proper oral hygiene. With a commitment to gentle treatments and a child-friendly atmosphere, we ensure your little ones develop a positive attitude towards dental care. Trust us to provide comprehensive and caring dentistry tailored to meet the unique needs of your children, fostering a foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

What do we offer for children’s dental check-ups?

During children’s dental check-ups at Westcliff Dental Practice, our dentists focus on ensuring optimal oral health and fostering positive dental habits. We conduct thorough examinations to monitor tooth development, address any concerns, and provide preventive care. This includes professional cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants when necessary.

Our friendly team educates both children and parents on effective oral hygiene practices, emphasising the importance of regular brushing and flossing. We create a comfortable and reassuring environment, fostering a positive attitude towards dental care from an early age. Through personalised and comprehensive check-ups, we aim to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles for your child.

Some helpful advice for your children

The most important cause of tooth decay is sugar in the diet. Every time sugar is put in the mouth, bacteria in plaque attack the tooth surface by producing acid, which starts to dissolve the tooth. Every attack lasts for around 20 minutes until your saliva neutralises the acid. Someone with poor oral hygiene would be at more risk of having tooth decay because of the plaque and food deposits on their teeth.

Sugar is not only found in biscuits, sweets, and cakes, it is found in a whole variety of food including some crisps, tomato ketchup, baked beans, tinned sweet corn, tinned soups, soft drinks, fizzy drinks and fruit juice (which not only contain a high sugar content but are very erosive to the teeth). Some foods, such as fruit, contain natural sugars. There is also a high sugar content found in syrup-based medicines.

Always check the labels, the nearer the ingredient is to the beginning of the list the greater the proportion in the food. Sometimes manufacturers use words such as ‘sucrose’, ‘glucose’, ‘fructose’ and ‘invert sugar’. All of these words are used to describe sugar and can all damage your teeth.

Brushing our teeth is the first step to keeping them clean and preventing decay and gum problems. Always choose a nylon toothbrush which is small enough to reach the very back teeth. Your dentist or hygienist will advise whether to choose a soft or a medium textured bristle. Make sure that you change your brush every six to eight weeks and never use a hard bristled brush as this may damage your gums and teeth. When cleaning your teeth use a dry toothbrush as its effectiveness is reduced if it is wet. Brush every morning and evening using the technique in the pictures.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your child should have their first dental check-up by their first birthday or when their first tooth appears.
You can prepare your child by talking positively about the dentist, reading books about dental visits, and practicing brushing their teeth at home.
Baby teeth are crucial for speech development, proper chewing, and guiding permanent teeth into place. Caring for them helps prevent future dental issues.
Dental sealants are thin protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to prevent cavities. They are often recommended for children to safeguard their teeth.
You can help by choosing a child-friendly dentist, explaining the visit positively, and accompanying your child during the appointment.
Thumb-sucking is common in young children. If it persists beyond age 3 or starts to affect tooth development, consult a dentist for guidance.
Signs include severe toothache, knocked-out teeth, broken jaw, or any mouth injury that causes bleeding or pain. Seek immediate dental care.
Once your child can spit out toothpaste (usually around age 3), you can start using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for brushing.
Good oral hygiene practices, a balanced diet, regular dental check-ups, and dental sealants are effective ways to prevent cavities.
Children should visit the dentist for check-ups and cleanings every six months, or as recommended by their dentist.
Common issues include cavities, tooth decay, thumb-sucking habits, and misaligned teeth.
Orthodontic evaluation is typically recommended around age 7 to assess tooth alignment and identify potential issues.
You can encourage good habits by making brushing and flossing fun, setting a routine, and being a positive role model.
Dental X-rays are safe and necessary for diagnosing dental issues. The frequency depends on your child's individual needs and risk factors.
Children usually start losing their baby teeth around age 6 and continue until age 12 or 13 when all permanent teeth have come in.
Regular brushing and flossing, avoiding certain foods, and following orthodontist recommendations are essential for oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment.
Early treatment can correct bite issues, prevent future problems, and reduce the need for more extensive orthodontic work in the future.
Dental sedation can be safe when administered by a trained professional. It is used to help children relax during dental procedures.
A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, dairy, and lean protein supports healthy teeth and gums, while sugary snacks and drinks can lead to cavities.