NHS for Children
Research shows that around 40% of children under the age of 18 have not visited a dentist in the last year. The highest proportion of these are under five, yet the Royal College of Surgeons recommends that children visit the dentist as soon as their first teeth appear and certainly by the age of one. Getting your children used to visiting the dentist from an early age encourages positive association with dental treatment and increases the likelihood that they will continue visiting regularly as adults.
As well as helping them to build a positive relationship with dental care, by bringing your children to the dentist from an early age you are helping to safeguard their oral health. We all know how much children love sugary foods and drinks and how difficult it can be to get them to brush their teeth well. It’s a fact that tooth decay is 90% preventable and reinforcing the basics of good oral hygiene will help your children get into the routine of thorough tooth brushing.
We provide free NHS treatment for children under the age of 18. This does not include cosmetic dentistry, or treatment for which there is not a clear clinical necessity. We don’t have a long waiting list and normally aim to see kids as soon as possible. If they need an emergency appointment it will likely be the same day.
Examples of treatments commonly provided under the NHS for children include routine dental examinations, fillings and orthodontics. Please be aware that if your child has a complex orthodontic issue that will negatively impact their long term oral health, we will refer them to a specialist orthodontist who also provides treatment under the NHS. Early intervention can prevent orthodontic problems becoming more advanced and difficult to treat in later life.
Our principal dentist Oberah is great with children and they respond well to her warm and relaxed nature. She is committed to her younger patients’ oral health — in fact some of Shine Dental & Facial’s adult patients have registered after seeing Oberah work with their children and noticing her friendly manner and clinical skills.