The First Visit
At your children’s first dentist 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 prevention through education.
Children aged between 0 and 4 years of age will be treated free of charge 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, teach you how to clean teeth effectively, help you with healthy food choices as well as advise on fluoride supplements. We recommend your child visits the dentist six months from their first teeth appearing.
Between the age of 5 and 10 years, this is the stage when the 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 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 children in the importance of remaining filling-free for life, so they can become more responsible for their own brushing and dietary habits.
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.
Here at The Town House 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.
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 health. 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.
To book an appointment for your child at our dentist in Tunbridge Wells, get in touch by calling 01892 616062 or by visiting our contact page.