SpaDental Chard, Plymouth and Whitchurch can help your children to have the best teeth they can possibly have. So why not book a Children’s Day appointment during half-term?
Updated February 2019
Our friendly staff are organising fun activities and waiting to see brilliant family smiles!
- Chard’s Children’s Day – 19th February, 2019
- Plymouth’s Children’s Day – 19th February, 2019
- Whitchurch’s Children’s Day – 19th February, 2019
- In support of the Government initiative to improve the oral health of children, SpaDental Chard, Plymouth and Whitchurch are registering children as new NHS patients. All you need to do is contact the practice. Your child won’t have to join a waiting list.
- Adults may be interested in learning more about our tiered SpaDental plans to spread the cost of dental care over reasonable monthly payments.
- Not all SpaDental practices have a contingent for NHS patients. Our dedicated private practices offer payment plans to help spread the cost of treatments across monthly payments.
What’s special about a Children’s Day appointment?
We’re focused on our young patients.
SpaDental believes that patient care begins as soon as you walk through the door. Patients, whatever their age, should feel relaxed and comfortable. Children can feel anxious visiting the dentist, and may also pick up on signals from nervous adults. This is why we hold special days for children’s appointments. We’re able to create a safe, happy environment for them to feel at ease. Their next trip to the dentist will be easier.
However good the oral hygiene routines are at home, there is nothing like having a check-up with a dental expert who can offer tailored advice.
What’s the procedure for a child’s dental check-up?
Before the Children’s Day appointment, be sure to send a positive message:
- Avoid phrases like “Don’t worry!” as it may suggest the opposite. The same goes for “It won’t hurt!”
- Focus on positive, practical outcomes and good health. Say things like, “The dentist will help you have strong teeth to chew with,” or “Let’s find out if we’re looking after your teeth well enough.”
- Allow plenty of time to get to the appointment so there’s no unnecessary tension or worry.
During the appointment:
- The dentist’s initial focus is on building confidence so that other appointments can be longer. It’s important to prepare the ground for a time when work needs to be done. It’s hard on children when their first visit to the dentist involves anaesthetic injections or treatments that take time. This is why we like to see children as young as possible. It’s all about building familiarity and acceptance.
The dentist will tailor both treatment and advice specifically for your child’s mouth, such as:
- Tips for brushing effectively – for example, a dentist can spot if one area is being missed during brushing, and may suggest using disclosure tablets, useful products or changes to oral hygiene routines.
- Dietary advice – if the dentist spots a risk of dental decay then adjustments to eating habits may help prevent further damage.
- Fluoride varnishing – topical fluoride treatments are prescribed to protect children’s teeth. It’s important not to do the fluoride, so please be clear with the dentist about any previous fluoride treatment.
- Planning for the future – a dentist can also tell if there are spacing issues that will need particular attention to avoid tooth decay, or realigning.
We encourage you to book the next appointment as you leave the surgery. And back at home, be sure to follow up on the dentist’s advice.
- Our practices have children’s dental care products for sale at competitive prices. Moreover, our experienced professionals can offer advice so you don’t buy things that aren’t suitable or you don’t need.
We want children to have great teeth for life.
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