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Children's Dentistry in Bathgate

Comprehensive care tailored to young patients

Our philosophy

Ensuring healthy dental development through preventive care, early intervention, & education.

Children's Dental Care in Bathgate - Iriston House Dental Practice

What is children's dentistry?

Structure and Composition

At Iriston House Dental Practice, our paediatric dentists are trained to handle the unique dental issues that can arise in young patients, from teething in infants to the development of permanent teeth in teenagers.

Our children’s dentistry encompasses a wide range of services, including preventive care such as cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants; diagnostic services like X-rays and oral exams; and treatments for cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues.

The goal is to ensure that young patients develop and maintain healthy teeth and gums, establish good oral hygiene habits early on, and create a positive attitude towards dental visits that can last a lifetime.

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What's so good about it?

The Benefits

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Child-Friendly Environment

Iriston House Dental Practice provides a welcoming and child-friendly environment designed to make young patients feel comfortable and at ease. Our team uses gentle techniques and engaging methods to create a positive dental experience, reducing anxiety and fostering a lifetime of good oral health habits.
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Experienced Paediatric Dentists

Our practice is staffed with experienced paediatric dentists who specialize in children's dental care. They understand the unique needs of young patients and are skilled in providing treatments that cater to their developmental stages, ensuring optimal dental health.
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Preventive Care Focus

Preventive care is a cornerstone of our children's dentistry. We emphasise the importance of regular check-ups, cleanings, and fluoride treatments to prevent cavities and other dental issues, promoting healthy teeth and gums from an early age.
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Education and Guidance

We provide comprehensive education and guidance for both children and parents on proper oral hygiene practices. Our team teaches effective brushing and flossing techniques, dietary recommendations, and the importance of maintaining regular dental visits, empowering families to take charge of their dental health.
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Early Detection of Issues

Regular visits to Iriston House Dental Practice allow for the early detection of dental issues such as cavities, misalignment, and developmental abnormalities. Early intervention can prevent more serious problems and complicated treatments in the future, ensuring better long-term oral health for your child.
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Comfortable and Pain-Free Treatments

We prioritise providing comfortable and pain-free treatments using the latest dental technologies and techniques. Our goal is to minimise discomfort and create a positive experience, helping children develop a trusting relationship with their dentist.
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Long-Term Oral Health Monitoring

Regular dental visits allow us to monitor your child's oral health over time. This ongoing care helps track their dental development, manage any emerging issues, and ensure that they maintain a healthy smile as they grow. Our commitment to long-term health sets the foundation for a lifetime of excellent oral care.

What we can do?

Our Services for Children

Children Dental Care in Bathgate

Why Choose Us for Children's Dentistry

Choose Iriston House Dental Practice for children’s dentistry because we prioritize your child’s comfort and oral health. Our experienced team specialises in paediatric care, offering gentle and compassionate treatment tailored to each child’s unique needs. From routine check-ups to specialised treatments, we create a positive and welcoming environment where children feel at ease. With a focus on preventive care and patient education, we empower children to develop lifelong habits for a healthy smile.

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Common Questions

Questions? We've got Answers

How often should my child visit the dentist?

Children should visit the dentist every six months for routine check-ups and cleanings. Regular visits help prevent cavities, monitor dental development, and address any issues early. Our dentist may recommend more frequent visits if your child has specific dental health concerns.

Why are baby teeth important?

Baby teeth are crucial for chewing, speaking, and maintaining space for permanent teeth. Healthy baby teeth help guide the proper alignment of adult teeth and prevent issues such as misalignment and overcrowding. Caring for baby teeth also sets the foundation for good oral hygiene habits.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

If your child has a toothache, rinse their mouth with warm water and check for any debris. You can use a cold compress to reduce swelling and over-the-counter pain medication if necessary. Contact our dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause and receive appropriate treatment.

How can I prevent cavities in my child’s teeth?

Prevent cavities by ensuring your child brushes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flosses daily. Limit sugary snacks and drinks, and encourage a balanced diet. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings also play a vital role in preventing cavities and maintaining oral health.

What are dental sealants and how do they help?

Dental sealants are a thin, protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to prevent cavities. They act as a barrier against food particles and bacteria, reducing the risk of tooth decay. Sealants are especially effective for children, as they protect the hard-to-clean grooves of molars.

When should my child start using toothpaste with fluoride?

Children should start using fluoride toothpaste as soon as their first tooth appears. For children under three, use a smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. For children aged three to six, use a pea-sized amount. Fluoride helps strengthen enamel and prevent cavities.

How do I help my child brush their teeth properly?

Teach your child to brush by using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Show them how to use gentle, circular motions and ensure they brush all surfaces of their teeth for two minutes. Supervise brushing until they are old enough to do it effectively on their own, typically around age eight.

What should I do if my child’s tooth is knocked out?

If your child’s tooth is knocked out, contact our dentist immediately. For a baby tooth, do not attempt to reinsert it. For a permanent tooth, rinse it with water, but do not scrub it. Place it back in the socket if possible or keep it in milk until you reach the dentist.

Are dental X-rays safe for children?

Dental X-rays are safe for children and provide valuable information about their oral health. Modern X-ray technology uses minimal radiation, and protective measures, such as lead aprons, further reduce exposure. X-rays help detect issues that are not visible during a clinical exam, such as cavities between teeth and bone abnormalities.

What is fluoride treatment and is it necessary?

Fluoride treatment involves applying a concentrated form of fluoride to the teeth to strengthen enamel and prevent cavities. It is especially beneficial for children, as their developing teeth are more susceptible to decay. Fluoride treatments are a safe and effective way to enhance your child’s dental health.

How can I help my child overcome dental anxiety?

To help your child overcome dental anxiety, start dental visits early, use positive language about dental care, and read books or watch videos about visiting the dentist. Choose a paediatric dentist who specialises in treating children and uses a gentle, comforting approach. Stay calm and supportive during appointments.

What should I do if my child grinds their teeth at night?

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is common in children and often occurs during sleep. If you notice signs of grinding, such as worn teeth or jaw pain, consult our dentist. They may recommend a night guard to protect the teeth and reduce symptoms. Managing stress and ensuring a bedtime routine can also help.

What are space maintainers and why might my child need one?

Space maintainers are devices used to hold space for permanent teeth when a baby tooth is lost prematurely. They prevent adjacent teeth from shifting into the gap, ensuring there is enough room for the permanent tooth to erupt properly. This helps avoid future alignment issues and the need for more extensive orthodontic treatment.

At what age should my child start orthodontic evaluations?

Orthodontic evaluations should begin around age seven. By this age, enough permanent teeth have erupted, and the dentist can assess the alignment and bite. Early evaluations can identify potential issues and allow for timely intervention, which can simplify future orthodontic treatments and improve outcomes.

Why are dental check-ups important even if my child’s teeth seem healthy?

Regular dental check-ups are essential for early detection of issues that may not be visible or symptomatic. These visits allow our dentist to monitor growth and development, provide preventive care, and reinforce good oral hygiene habits. Consistent check-ups help ensure your child maintains a healthy smile.

How can I prepare my child for their first dental visit?

Prepare your child for their first dental visit by explaining what to expect in a positive and simple manner. Read books or watch videos about going to the dentist, and role-play a dental visit at home. Bring a comfort item if needed, and choose a paediatric dentist experienced in making first visits enjoyable.

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pm@iristonhouse.co.uk
01506 652135
48 King St, Bathgate EH48 1AY

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