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Giving younger patients the very best start

Excellent oral hygiene begins from an early age. At Clover Dental, we encourage you to bring your children to your dental appointment from a very young age, allowing them to become familiar with the practice environment and comfortable with the idea of visiting the dentist.

We will begin checking your child’s teeth when they appear, progressing to more structured check ups when they are around three years old. We take a gentle, preventive approach, helping you develop a good dental care routine at home that will encourage your child to keep healthy teeth for life.

Fissure sealants

Fissures are the thin grooves on the chewing surfaces and no matter how well they are brushed, bacteria can still collect within them and eventually cause decay. A fissure sealant is a safe plastic coating applied to the tooth to stop food particles and bacteria from settling in these hard-to-clean grooves.

This preventive treatment is normally given to children whose permanent teeth are starting to emerge, usually between six and seven years. The application process is quick and easy, and there is no need for anaesthetic or drilling to be used.

Fluoride varnish

We can apply fluoride varnish to the surface of the teeth to strengthen enamel and help protect young teeth from decay. This quick, painless treatment is usually given to children over three, as an additional form of protection alongside regular brushing.

The varnish is a highly concentrated form of fluoride that comes as a yellow, fruity smelling gel. It slows down decay by stopping demineralisation, making the outer layer of the tooth more resistant to attacks from acid. It is not a permanent treatment, but it does stay in contact with the enamel for several hours.

Free treatment for children under 8

At Clover Dental, we provide dental treatment free of charge for children under 8 years old. We are passionate about introducing young children to the idea of visiting the dentist, and setting them on the path to lifelong excellent oral health. For more information, please contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?

    You should begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. We recommend you use a soft brush suitable for the age of your child, and help them or supervise them with brushing until they are around seven years old.

  • Do I need to see the dentist when my child’s baby teeth fall out?

    At around 6 years old, your child will begin to lose their baby teeth as the permanent ones grow to replace them. This is not a dental emergency and you shouldn’t need to see your dentist as this is a natural part of their development.

  • How often does my child need to see the dentist?

    We recommend that your child has a check up appointment every six months, in line with your own appointments. This gives us the opportunity to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy and strong, and spot any problems before they can get worse.

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