Watermead Dental has a limited contract to provide general dental treatment for children up to 18 years of age on the NHS. We actively encourage children to come to see us from a young age so that they can get to know us and get used to the surroundings.
Regular trips to the dentist are essential for children as they have weaker enamel than adults, meaning decay can spread quickly. We like to see our child patients at least three times a year. Dental x-rays are also important to make sure that teeth are progressing and moving properly.
Your child should get into the habit of brushing his or her teeth twice a day. You can brush your child’s teeth when they are young, but it is a good idea to teach them to do it themselves around the age of seven. It is important that there is fluoride in your child’s toothpaste, but not too much – be sure to check with the dentist about how much fluoride you are using.
We provide advice to parents on how to look after their children’s teeth – from guidance on brushing and the application of fluoride to regular dental visits and limiting the frequency of sugar intake in your child’s diet.