Children’s Dentistry in Hampstead, London

At Heath Street Dental, we are here for your whole family.

Our dentists love treating children, from babies to teenagers. We believe that an excellent standard in Children’s dentistry involves spending time with your children to get them used to a dental environment and educate them on the importance of oral hygiene.

We understand that visiting the dentist can be an anxious time for children so we have created an environment that makes the experience comfortable and pleasant. Using gentle calming music, educational cartoons and dental props, we ensure that Children’s dentistry is a relaxing experience for both the child and the parents.

Our dentists are also available on Saturdays, particularly for children’s dentistry, so there is no need for your children to miss school for their appointment!

Babies and Toddlers:

As soon as your baby’s teeth begin to emerge it is important to start paying attention to their oral hygiene and habits. This means brushing their teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. You should also pay attention to their diet and sugar intake.

We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth. However, did you know that frequency of sugar intake matters much more than quantity? For example, it would be worse for your child’s teeth to eat one sweet every hour throughout the day than to eat a whole pack of sweets in one go.

Don’t forget there is sugar in items like fruit juice and squash. Frequency matters here too, so don’t allow your child to sip juice throughout the day/night. The best time for a child to eat sugary foods is at the end of a meal.

It is really important for you to look after the health of your child’s milk (baby) teeth. This first set of teeth is essential for eating, speech development and facial appearance. Another important function of baby teeth is to save space for the adult teeth to grow into.

It is useful to get your baby used to the sight and smell of a dental practice from an early age. We recommend that you arrange a check up as soon as the baby teeth start to show, which is normally around 6 months. This allows our dentists to check that the teeth are developing normally and also provide oral hygiene and diet advice.

Fluoride varnish can be applied to both baby teeth and adult teeth. It involves painting a varnish that contains high levels of fluoride onto the surface of your teeth every six months. It works by strengthening tooth enamel, making it much more resistant to decay.

Age 6:

At around the age 6 your child’s first permanent teeth will start to emerge. These adult molars do not replace any baby teeth but grow in behind them.

At this stage we may suggest fissure sealants on your child’s back teeth which can help to protect them from decay.

Age 7-9:

Once the baby teeth begin to be replaced by adult teeth, we can assess your child for potential orthodontic (braces) treatment. We check the position of the adult teeth and monitor the growth of the jaw for potential problems. Not everyone will need to have their teeth straightened with braces, but if your child does, our orthodontist will provide a range of options to help. In some cases, early orthodontics can help to avoid lengthy brace treatment later in life. It can even prevent the need for facial surgery. This is typically called interceptive treatment

Teenagers:

When your children become more independent and are brushing their teeth without supervision, they should have good brushing technique and reach all the areas of their mouth. Regular hygiene appointments give us the opportunity to give your teenager a thorough teeth clean. We can also provide tips on good oral hygiene at these appointments.

The teenage years are usually when orthodontic treatment takes place. This is because most of your child’s baby teeth will have been replaced by adult teeth. Our dentists will always advise you on the best time to see the orthodontist.

If your child plays a sport that involves physical contact or moving objects, like cricket, hockey, football, boxing or rugby, it is vital to wear a sports guard to reduce the risk of injury to their teeth.

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