Award-winning children’s dentist in Milton Keynes
Starting dental care health early with your child is a great idea. Regular visits to the dentist from an early age help educate your youngsters on good dental hygiene and build a good relationship with the dentist. Let’s start those positive experiences as early as possible!
Here at Appledore, we offer a full range of private dentistry for children in Milton Keynes, including free dental checkups for children up to and including 16 years of age, proving one parent is a member of the Appledore Membership Plan.
If you have any concerns about your children’s teeth or you want to start your child’s positive dental care journey, contact our friendly team at Appledore today for an appointment.
Are you struggling to access NHS Orthodontic treatment?
Are you one of the growing number of parents in Milton Keynes who are trying to access NHS orthodontic treatment for your teenager? Waiting lists are growing rapidly due to the pandemic and teenagers who wait too long for orthodontic treatment can face challenging consequences further down the line.
Teen-Ortho Clinic every Tuesday
We wish to support our local community in Milton Keynes by making teenage orthodontics more accessible. So we’re offering a range of reasonably priced, NHS-style orthodontic treatments suitable for teens aged 12-15. We cover essential running costs and will run our Teen-Ortho Clinic every Tuesday from 9 am to 3 pm. Teen-Ortho patients will be seen by Dr Gemma Brutton. Although Appledore is not a specialist orthodontic clinic, we have many decades of quality experience and many happy patients in this area of dentistry.
Reasonably priced and easy ways to pay
After the Initial Assessment, you’ll receive a full treatment plan and costings.
In this plan, we’ll explain the recommended treatment schedule, going through it in detail and explaining any hygiene procedures that need to be followed.
We understand this will be an investment in the health of your child’s teeth and we can offer suitable finance options including Appledore’s easy pay, 10 month interest free credit plan (subject to credit check).
Introduction to children’s teeth
Video 1: Your teeth, saliva and food. Baby’s first tooth, when all 20 of your baby teeth should be in your mouth, at what age baby teeth start to fall out. Taking good care of your 32 adult teeth as they have to last a long time.
How to clean your children’s teeth
Video 2: Brushing your teeth 2 times a day, that means ALL of your teeth so you remove all the food and germs that cause plaque. Emma shows you how to clean your teeth properly using her MASSIVE MOUTH.
Dental Care for Children
- Start cleaning: Start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt. Start with a soft cloth before moving on to a baby brush.
- Supervise until 7 yrs old: Supervise cleaning until they are 6-7 years old and you are confident that they are doing it correctly.
- First dental visit: Bring your child for their first visit at around 2 ½ -3 years old.
Guide to Cleaning Children’s Teeth
Children’s baby teeth start to erupt from 6-8 months. Your child should have all their baby teeth by 3 years old. We recommend that you start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt, getting your child used to this encourages good habits for their future.
Initially use a cloth to clean your baby’s teeth after they have had their feed and again before you put them to bed. Once they are toddling and eating foods, you can then use a baby brush and help them to brush their teeth. Use a pea sized amount of an age appropriate toothpaste with fluoride. Younger children’s toothpaste has a lower amount of fluoride as they will probably swallow it.
Our children’s dentist in Milton Keynes can provide you with lots of useful information about looking after your child’s teeth. Click here to find out when to expect your child’s baby teeth to erupt, fall out and for adult teeth to come in
Young children’s teeth
You should supervise cleaning until they are 6-7 years old and you are confident that they are doing it properly. You can get plaque disclosing tablets for them to chew to show you that they have cleaned properly. Most children love to do this as it makes their teeth look a very odd colour. We recommend that you do this once a month for your children to help and encourage them to clean well.
Tooth Decay in Children
Dental decay can be very painful and in some cases life threatening. And yet, dental decay is entirely preventable with good dental hygiene and a sensible diet.
Emma, our hygienist here at Appledore in Milton Keynes, has some great tips and advice for looking after teeth from an early age, to prevent the need for fillings and other treatments later on in life.
Preventing Tooth Decay in Children
Did you know that the most common reason for a hospital stay and general anaesthetic for a child is to have decayed teeth removed?
Figures for children aged 5 to 9 in 2018-2019 show 25,702 hospital admissions for tooth decay, and 11,811 admissions for acute tonsillitis.
Dental decay can be very painful and in some cases life threatening. The use of a general anaesthetic in a young child is not without its dangers. And yet, dental decay is entirely preventable with good dental hygiene and a sensible diet.
While your child is still being breast and/or bottle fed, don’t send them to bed with a bottle. If they need a bottle for comfort after their feed, give them water. Many people don’t realise that milk contains sugar, and that this sugar can cause decay.
Once your child is weaned, try and keep to a healthy diet. 3 main meals and 2 snacks a day. Ideal snacks are cheese chunks and carrot sticks. We don’t recommend dried fruit as they are very sugary and sticky. Keep fizzy drinks and fruit squashes to a minimum and these are full of sugar and are also very acidic