Children’s NHS dentistry
As an NHS dentist in Leighton Buzzard we are able to provide routine dental healthcare and clinically necessary treatments for children.
Any decisions about which treatments are appropriate will be based on the clinical assessment and clinical judgement by the NHS dentist.
We will always provide you with a written treatment plan for any Band 2 or 3 Treatments, this allows you to see exactly what you can expect from the dentist and which treatments have been recommended for your children.
What treatments are covered under the NHS?
the NHS state that “Children under the age of 16 can consent to their own treatment if they’re believed to have enough intelligence, competence and understanding to fully appreciate what’s involved in their treatment. This is known as being ‘Gillick competent’.”
Most Treatments are covered under the NHS if they are clinically necessary, this does not include cosmetic treatments which are not deemed clinically necessary, such as teeth whitening.
Typical treatments for children include:
- Information and advice on a daily oral health care routine.
- Annual dental health check including scale and polish.
- Fillings to treat decayed teeth.
- Retained deciduous teeth extractions.
- Treatment for broken knocked out teeth.
Looking after your children’s teeth
Tooth brushing tips
- Start brushing your child teeth as soon as they break through the gum, being careful not to cause discomfort to a child.
- Use a rice sized amount of toothpaste for babies, increasing to a pea sized amount for young children.
- Always use a children’s toothpaste as this contains less fluoride than adults toothpaste.
- When your child is seven years old they can use regular toothpaste so long as it contains 1500 ppm of fluoride.
- Don’t worry if your child swallows the toothpaste but don’t encourage them to do so.
- Supervise your children’s tooth brushing to ensure they brush for 2 minutes.
- Don’t rinse out with lots of water after brushing and leave the toothpaste foam in your child’s mouth as this keeps fluoride in contact with the teeth.
Bringing your child to the NHS dentist
We recommend bringing children to the dentist as early as possible. Often sitting on a parents lap for the first time just experience being in the dental chair.
When your child to the dentist as soon as their first deciduous (milk) appear, we can then offer dental healthcare advice from an early age and ensure this is built into your child’s routine.
Always be positive when you come to the dentist with your child, this will help them relax and prevent them from worrying about future visits.