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Truss Dental, 85 East Road, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 0AA | Email: | Tel: 01294 277850

Email: | Tel: 01294 277850

Childsmile - looking after your children's teeth

We are proud to be a Childsmile Practice. Our specially trained Dental Nurses provide Childsmile sessions to continue to improve children’s oral health.

What is Childsmile?

Childsmile is a programme designed to improve the oral health of children in Scotland and reduce inequalities both in dental health and access to dental services.

Here at Truss Dental, our dentists and extended duties dental nurses will offer oral health advice and fluoride varnish applications.

When should you take your child to see the dentist?

Aim to register your baby with a dentist soon after birth or by the time they are 6 months of age. This makes a child familiar with the environment and the dentist. If there are any problems such as decay or teeth that are not forming properly, they will be caught and corrected early.

What happens at a Childsmile appointment?

You will be given advice and support from the dental team, who will show you how you can help your child keep healthy teeth.

The dental team will:

  • Give information on how teeth grow and develop and carry out regular checks to make sure the teeth and gums are healthy.
  • Offer hints and tips on dental care.
  • Demonstrate and explain tooth brushing.
  • Promote tooth brushing messages e.g. spit don’t rinse.
  • Advise on weaning and healthy snacks and drinks.
  • Provide clinical care including twice yearly fluoride varnish.

At your initial visit it may be the dental nurse you see. The dental nurse will advise you on how to keep your child's teeth healthy and help with practical problems such as teething, weaning and choosing the right food and drinks.

The dentist will check your child’s teeth and gums at least once a year, from around 18 months and give any treatment your child might need. 

These regular visits will also help your child to become familiar with being examined by a dentist.

From the age of 2, the dental practice team can provide additional preventive care, such as fluoride varnish and fissure sealants.

What is fluoride varnish and what is it used for?

Fluoride varnish provides extra protection against tooth decay when used in addition to brushing. Fluoride varnish is a pale yellow gel that sets quickly when applied to children’s teeth using a soft brush. The varnish sets quickly, has a pleasant taste and a fruity smell. Scientific studies have shown that fluoride varnish gives added protection to teeth against decay when used in addition to brushing teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste.

What are Fissure Sealants?

Fissure sealants are plastic coatings that are painted on to the grooves of the back teeth.

The sealant forms a protective layer that keeps food and bacteria from getting stuck in the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.

Resin-based fissure sealants should be applied to the permanent molars of all children as early after eruption as possible.

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