Taking care of little teeth in Sherburn and surrounding areas

At Elmet Dental Care, we understand how tricky it can be to get your kids to brush their teeth properly – let alone find the time for dental check-ups. But with tooth decay on the rise among children in the UK, it’s more important than ever that we get your family on the right path to a lifetime of healthy smiles. We treat children for free until the age of 18, and will do our best to arrange appointment times that fit in around family life. And when you do bring your children in to see us, our friendly team will make sure the experience is fun!

How we can help

Regular check-ups...

…give your Sherburn dentist the chance to spot any minor or underlying problems that, if left untreated, would become much more serious. Seeing your children regularly also means we can find fun ways to inspire them to look after their teeth at home, and make their visit to the dentist something they look forward to every time.

Fluoride varnish and fissure sealants...

…are excellent for keeping tooth decay at bay, providing that little bit more protection when you can’t always be sure if your child is brushing properly. Fluoride varnish is simply a gel that we brush on to your child’s teeth twice a year, while fissure sealant is used when those adult molars come through: a putty-like material, it’s smoothed onto the surface of the back ‘chewing’ teeth to stop food and bacteria getting stuck in places the toothbrush can’t reach.

Oral health education...

…is a major focus here at Elmet Dental Care, because the preventive approach is by far the cheapest and most effective way to avoid tooth decay, gum disease and all the related health problems associated with poor oral hygiene – from low self-esteem to increased risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. For children, this means finding creative ways to show them how to brush effectively, recommending the best products to use for their age, demonstrating how to tackle hidden plaque, and helping the whole family understand how to make the right food and drink choices.

Dentist Julian Beamish providing children's dentistry at Elmet Dental Care

FAQs

What age should my child first see the dentist?

Children should visit the dentist as soon as their first milk teeth appear, or by the age of one regardless. This helps them to become familiar with the dentist and reduces the chances of fear developing in later childhood.

How long should children brush their teeth?

Children should be encouraged to brush their teeth at least every morning and evening for two minutes. You should ensure your child spits out excess toothpaste but does not rinse with too much water, as this washes away the beneficial fluoride in the toothpaste.

How do I encourage my child to brush regularly?

Some children are very reluctant to brush their teeth, while others love doing it! It’s important to make tooth brushing part of your child’s daily routine from a very early age – ideally, when your baby starts teething. Use singing or even an app to hold their attention while they brush, and supervise your kids until at least the age of 7.

What about diet and nutrition?

A balanced diet – equal parts carbohydrate/fruit and veg and smaller portions of protein and dairy – is best for your teeth. Keep it as fresh as possible and high in fibre, and get sugar smart with the foods you buy in the supermarket. Sugar is used in a surprising number of foods, from soups and stir-in sauces to ready meals and baked beans, so always check the label. The Change4Life app enables you to use your phone to scan supermarket products for a quick visual breakdown of their sugar content.

Does your child need to visit the dentist?