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Family Dentistry in Tunbridge Wells and Brighton and Hove

At the Town House Dental Practice, we offer family dentistry treatments for all ages, from baby and upwards. We understand how important it is for your child to be comfortable, relaxed and fear-free while visiting the dentist. We are the best childrens dentist, when providing children’s dental care, we always make sure youngsters are happy and comfortable before we begin their treatment.

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The First Dental Appointment of Your Child

At your child’s first dental appointment we will check their teeth and surrounding tissues such as tongue and gums. Digital radiographs will be taken if necessary. Children will be educated on their dental health which is specific to their age and shown demonstrations on how to maintain healthy teeth. Our aim is to promote healthy dental habits – prevention of dental problems through education.

Children Dentistry Ages 0-4

We offer free children’s dental care, for those aged between 0 and 4 years of age, if their parent is a registered patient at The Town House. At this beginning stage of dentistry we will help you care for your baby’s teeth and teach you how to clean teeth effectively. During the appointment we can also provide guidance on healthy food choices as well as advise on fluoride supplements. We recommend your child visits the dentist every six months, from their first teeth appearing.

Private Children’s Dental Care for Children Ages 5-10

Between the age of 5 and 10 years, baby teeth are lost and the new teeth start appearing. These new teeth are vulnerable and need checking regularly for the early signs of tooth decay. Your child will be educated in the correct way to look after their teeth and provided with the best diet advice to maintain healthy teeth. Your children’s teeth will also be assessed for fissure sealing, which is a protective sealant placed over the back teeth to prevent cavities.

We will carefully assess the need for braces at this age. Your dentist will begin to educate your child on the importance of remaining filling-free for life, so they can become more responsible for their own brushing and dietary habits.

Private Dentistry for Children Aged 11-18

For children aged between 11 and 18, this is when most of their adult teeth come through. Children should be brushing and flossing daily, to maintain healthy teeth and a bright smile. They may also be considering wearing braces to straighten teeth at this age.

We understand that at this developmental stage, teenagers will need continued education as they are at high risk of decay and gum disease. Normally at this stage the patient will need to see one of our hygienists for a clean and polish as hormone changes can cause gum inflammation.

Dentistry for Young People Ages 18-22

When teenagers are going through exams, start their first job or are at university, dentistry and oral health can be low down on their list of priorities. At this stage we will continue to educate our patients on all aspects of oral health and make sure we highlight the importance of oral hygiene, even if they are starting a new job or University. We will also talk to them about the effects that smoking and alcohol can have on their teeth and oral hygiene. We offer dental plans which cover any emergency dental treatments, anywhere in the world. It is our goal for all of our patients to be filling-free and we will aim to achieve this through educating.

Children’s Dentist Appointments

To book a children’s dental care appointment at our Tunbridge Wells practice call us on 01892 616062 and for Brighton and Hove call 01273 553317.

Children Dentistry - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What age should a child see the dentist?

    Your child can see the dentist at any age. We recommend bringing your child to see the dentist from as little as 6-9 months so your child can get used to going to the dentist and for your child’s teeth to be examined.

  2. Do children pay for private dental treatment?

    If are a registered patient at The Town House, children exams are free for children under the age of 5. To view our children fees for children over the age of 5, please visit our fees page.

  3. How do I register my child with a dentist in the UK?

    If you are looking to register your child for an NHS practice, please visit the NHS website. If you’re looking to register your child with a private dental practice, simply call your nearest Town House Dental Practice to get them registered.

  4. Why is children's dentistry important?

    Children’s dentistry is important for several reasons. Firstly, it helps create good oral hygiene habits from a young age, setting the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Regular dental check-ups for children allow for early detection and prevention of dental issues such as cavities, gum disease, and misalignment. Additionally, dentists are trained to provide care tailored to the unique needs of children, ensuring a positive and comfortable dental experience. Investing in children’s dentistry promotes overall health and well-being, as oral health is closely linked to systemic health. By prioritising children’s dental care, we can help them maintain healthy smiles and confidence as they grow into adulthood.

  5. Can I get in trouble for not taking my child to the dentist UK?

    In the UK, there are no legal requirements mandating parents to take their children to the dentist. However, neglecting regular dental check-ups for children can have serious consequences for their oral health. Dental issues left untreated can lead to pain, discomfort, and even more severe problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Moreover, early intervention is key to preventing the progression of dental problems and avoiding costly and invasive treatments in the future. While there may not be legal repercussions for not taking your child to the dentist, prioritising their dental health is essential for their overall well-being and quality of life.

  6. When should I worry about my child's teeth?

    Parents should pay attention to several signs that may indicate potential dental issues in their children. Some key indicators to watch for include:

    1. Persistent Pain: If your child complains of toothache or experiences persistent pain or discomfort in their teeth or gums, it’s essential to seek dental care promptly.
    2. Tooth Discoloration: Discoloration of teeth, such as dark spots or yellowing, can signal decay or other underlying problems that require attention from a dentist.
    3. Gum Problems: Swollen, red, or bleeding gums could be a sign of gum disease or gingivitis, which should be addressed by a dental professional.
    4. Difficulty Chewing or Eating: If your child has trouble chewing or avoids certain foods due to dental discomfort, it may indicate issues with their teeth or bite alignment that need evaluation by a dentist.
    5. Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath, despite good oral hygiene practices, may indicate the presence of dental issues such as cavities, gum disease, or infection.
    6. Loose or Knocked-Out Teeth: Loose teeth in older children or teeth that have been knocked out due to injury require immediate dental attention to assess and address any damage.
    7. Delayed Development: Delayed eruption of teeth or abnormal tooth development should be evaluated by a dentist to rule out potential underlying conditions or concerns.

    If you notice any of these signs or have concerns about your child’s dental health, it’s essential to schedule an appointment with a dentist for a comprehensive evaluation and appropriate treatment. Early detection and intervention can help prevent more significant problems and promote optimal oral health for your child.

  7. Can nanny or a guardian accompany children to dentist

    Yes, but it’s essential to inform the dental office in advance if someone other than the parent will be accompanying the child to ensure a smooth and coordinated visit.

  8. Can you take children out of school for the dentist?

    For routine dental check-up’s, these must be booked outside of school hours. You can however tale your child out of school for a dental emergency.

  9. Do dentists inject children for a filling?

    For dental treatments like extractions and fillings, injections can be used to help numb the surround treatment area.

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