A family-focused dental practice in Leicester

At Wigston Dental Care, we are proud to be a family-friendly practice.

We pay close attention to little teeth and provide complete dental care for our younger patients, helping to build the foundations for excellent oral health for life.

We offer Denplan for children, which includes treatment when they are dentally fit. Please speak with the team to find out more.

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Bring your little ones in at a young age

It’s a good idea to bring your youngsters to see us as early as possible. The ideal time to start is when their first teeth start to appear.

This will help them get used to visiting the dentist and you can pick up handy tips to help keep their teeth healthy. We can also check how young teeth are developing, which includes monitoring your child’s bite and, if necessary, obtaining an orthodontic opinion.

Our dental therapist, Kiran Basra, is on hand to help keep teeth healthy. She can remove problem baby teeth, place fillings and use fissure sealants to protect newly emerged permanent teeth. She can also apply fluoride varnish to strengthen enamel and help prevent the development of dental decay.

Fissure sealants and fluoride varnishes

For further protection, fissure sealants can be applied to your child’s permanent teeth as they emerge (usually starting around age six to seven). This is a clear plastic coating that covers the narrow grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to stop bacteria from entering and help prevent tooth decay. In addition, fluoride varnishes can be painted onto young teeth to help strengthen enamel and make them more resistant to decay.

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Caring for your kids’ teeth at home

In addition to attending regular check-ups, you will also need to look after your child’s teeth at home.

This should include regular cleaning, starting with a simple wipe with a flannel from birth and working towards brushing with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste at age three to six.

Babies and infants

Start dental care early by gently wiping new teeth (and gums) with a clean flannel. As more teeth come through, you can start using a soft toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste.

Aged three to six

When your child turns three, you can progress to a pea-sized amount of paste. Brush your child’s teeth for around two minutes, twice a day, and especially before bedtime. Encourage them to brush for long enough by introducing a child-friendly timer. When children are around three to four years old, you can introduce them to flossing as their teeth will be starting to touch each other and the resulting narrow gaps will need an effective method of cleaning.

Aged seven onwards

Supervise tooth brushing until children are old enough to brush properly by themselves at around seven or eight years. However, even when they can clean their teeth alone, it’s probably a good idea to occasionally check they are still using an effective technique. Limit the amount of sugar in your child’s diet too.

Combining regular visits to our child-friendly practice with an effective oral hygiene routine, as well as watching sugar intake, will help maintain healthy teeth for life.

Frequently asked questions
1 When should my child have their first dental visit?

Children should have their first dental visit by their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth emerges. Early visits help establish good oral hygiene habits and allow the dentist to monitor oral development. We encourage you to bring your child along to your own dental check up appointment, to get them used to being in the dental practice environment.

2 Are baby teeth important, and should I be concerned about their care?

Yes, baby teeth are crucial for various reasons. They help with speech development, proper chewing, and serve as placeholders for permanent teeth. Caring for them with regular brushing and dental check-ups is essential.

3 How can I prepare my child for their first dental appointment?

You can prepare your child by talking about the visit in a positive and reassuring manner. Avoid using words that may cause anxiety and consider reading children’s books about dental visits to make it seem less intimidating.

4 What is the best way to prevent cavities in children?

Preventing cavities involves a combination of good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing and flossing, a balanced diet with limited sugary snacks and drinks, and routine dental check-ups for cleanings and preventive treatments like dental sealants.

5 Are dental X-rays safe for children, and when are they needed?

Dental X-rays are safe for children when necessary and taken with appropriate precautions. They help diagnose and monitor oral issues not visible to the naked eye, and the dentist will use them selectively, considering your child’s age and specific needs.

6 What should I do in case of a dental emergency involving my child?

In case of a dental emergency, such as a knocked-out tooth or severe toothache, stay calm and contact your child’s dentist immediately. You may receive guidance on how to provide first aid and when to come in for urgent treatment. Keep the dentist’s contact information readily available for quick access in such situations. A lost baby tooth is not usually a dental emergency.

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