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Creating good habits that last a lifetime is much easier to do when your children are very young, and if there’s one good habit that they need to pick up as soon as possible, it’s going to the dentist.

The best way to ensure that your child will take care of their teeth long after they have moved away from home is to start bringing them in to see us at Forest Dental in Loughton as soon as you can.

Childrens Dentistry in LoughtonWe recommend bringing your baby to your own appointments so that they can become accustomed to the dental environment long before they first need to sit in the chair. Children learn best by watching and copying so if they see you having a great visit at the dentist, it won’t be long before they want to have a go in the chair too.

In Loughton, children’s dentistry is somewhat different from adult dentistry in that it is mainly focused on decay prevention. Decay is more prevalent in children for two reasons. Firstly because they are still learning to brush their teeth, and find it hard to spend two minutes doing anything let alone standing still brushing their teeth. Secondly because children tend to consume more sugary drinks and snacks than adults. Decay in children’s teeth is serious because, if it is left untreated it’s not just the baby teeth that are affected, the adult teeth behind them can also be affected and may not come through correctly or may even need to be extracted.

For this reason, we offer a couple of treatments to help prevent decay. Fluoride treatment helps to mineralise the dental enamel against decay. We put fluoride gel into tooth trays and fit these over the teeth. Your child wears this for several minutes before removing the trays and rinsing away the excess. If this is done regularly, it can help prevent decay.

We also offer fissure sealants for the back teeth, where decay tends to happen as it can be hard for kids to brush their back teeth. We paint the back teeth with a transparent plastic sealant that stops plaque from building up and the acids it gives off being able to reach the enamel.

Children’s dentistry in Loughton

Children’s preventive dentistry emphasises the importance of good oral hygiene and regular dental visits to prevent common dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Effective preventive dentistry combines educating your children on the benefits of good oral hygiene practices with chair side treatments and advice by dental professionals.

At Forest Dental in Loughton, we believe that prevention is the best cure, therefore we urge our patients to bring their children to the dentist early. Ideally, book an appointment with one of our caring dentists as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, or no later than 12 months of age. This way, we can establish a thorough oral health prevention programme for your child.

Children’s Dentistry in LoughtonTooth decay prevention

Tooth decay, a common disease among children, is often caused by the interaction of oral bacteria and a diet high in sugars. When broken down by bacteria, sugar produces acids which erode cavities in the teeth. In some cases, cavities on your children’s milk teeth can hinder the normal development of their permanent teeth.

After gently and thoroughly cleaning your child’s teeth, our dentists will remove the decay and fill the cavity, restoring the tooth to a healthy state. Tooth decay can be prevented by daily brushing and flossing, regular dental check-ups and a healthy, balanced diet. We also offer additional treatments to ensure that your child’s teeth will stay healthy for longer.

Our treatments

For children with a high-risk factor for tooth decay, we recommend fluoride application. When applied directly to the teeth in a controlled manner, fluoride re-mineralises the enamel and prevents cavities from developing by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks. Your dentist may also recommend fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash in order to prevent or treat tooth decay in its initial stage.

Our dentists can also seal out decay and help keep your child’s teeth healthier for longer by applying pit and fissure sealants. These are thin composite coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of back permanent teeth to protect against tooth decay. This is because deep pits are shown to accumulate more bacteria and thereby a great risk for tooth decay.

Children who visit the dentist from an early age are more likely to experience less decay, less pain, and a happy and healthy smile.