How is Dickon a Child Friendly Brighton Dentist
Children need to be given time and patience. They will become confident about visiting the dentist and undergoing treatment. Dickon will give children all the time that they need to achieve this. Dickon understands that a sympathetic and caring approach to children’s dentistry is essential. By undertaking a preventative approach it is usual for a child to have greatly reduced requirements for future treatment as well as becoming more accepting of visits to the dentist.
All children (U18) get free treatment under the NHS
How do I prepare for my child’s dental visit?
It’s best not to make a big thing about the visit and just treat the whole experience like any other day. Avoid making comments about your experiences or fears in front of your children or saying things like ‘He’s not going to hurt you’ as this immediately gives your child the idea that it must hurt or you wouldn’t be saying it!
It is always good to be able to watch a video with your child about going to the dentist. How about watching ‘A children’s guide to the dentist’ .
Our emphasis is always on prevention. This will always form a key part of any examination or treatment. We like to stop problems before they start. Whatever a child’s dental problems previously we can guarantee that we will improve things for the future.
Fillings are often unnecessary. If cavities are detected early, it may be possible to seal over the tooth. This prevents the need for doing a filling and can also be used in a tooth we think might be likely to get a cavity.
If a tooth needs a filling we may be able to use air abrasion. This uses a fine jet of silica to clean the cavity and may avoid the need for local anaesthetic and drilling in many cases.
I will always use white fillings (even on the NHS). These are bonded to the tooth so will prevent the filling leaking and requiring replacement.
I do not carry out orthodontics myself, preferring to refer your child to a specialist. Every examination I will check the development of the teeth so that any problems are assessed early and referred at the correct time.
For more information on child dental care take a look at the BDHF website.