Children's Dental Services

Establishing good dental hygine is vitally important for all young children. Taking your child to the dentist means any health problems can be identified at an early stage. Just opening up their mouths for the dentist to take a look is useful practice for the first time they need treatment.

At Blairdaff Dental Practice we take the needs of our youngest visitors very seriously.

The practice waiting area has a child friendly zone where children of all ages can relax prior to their appointments.

Our friendly and professional staff understand the importance of establishing good relationships with children and work to ensure that all visits to the dentist are an enjoyable experience for your child.

Blairdaff Dental Practice offer a full range of childrens dental health services both privately and via Denplan Children's Services. For more information or to make an appointment please feel free to contact us.

Children's Fillings

curing_lightHere at Blairdaff, we only use composite fillings (at no extra charge). The composite fillings offer a strong, safe and more natural looking alternative to amalgam.

What is a composite filling?

A filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth.

The composite fillings are made from powdered glass quartz and ceramic particles added to a resin base. After the tooth is prepared, the filling is bonded onto the area a light is then used to set it.

What are the advantages of composite fillings?

The composite fillings come in a range of shades that can be closely matched to your natural teeth, allowing for a near invisible restoration of your teeth.

In many cases, tooth sensitivity caused by enamel loss as a result of decay will be significantly improved if not eliminated once a filling is in place.

When a composite filling is used, it provides an effective barrier against bacteria and strengthens the structure of the tooth.

Plaque Disclosure and Removal

plaquetest_visualPlaque disclosing tablets are used in preventative care. Their colour reveals where exactly the plaque accumulation is located.

This technique shows weaknesses in the oral hygiene of the patient. The dental hygienist will then address these aspects and help optimize the patient's oral hygiene, so that future damage to the teeth can be avoided.

Individualised Oral Hygiene Instruction

oral-hygieneEstablishing good dental hygiene is vitally important for all children. At Blairdaff Dental Practice we take the needs of our young patients very seriously and as each and every one of them is unique, we believe it is important to work closely with the family, as well as the child, in order to develop a programme that effectively communicates the importance of taking care of your teeth.

At Blairdaff we aim to successfully educate our young patients on how to properly clean their teeth and establish good oral hygiene, provide nutrition advice for children and their parents, as well as offering specialised care services tailored to their individual age.

Fissure Sealing

pit_and_fissure_sealantsThe top surfaces of teeth - where the chewing takes place – are not smooth and flat. They are covered with tiny hills and valleys – known as pits and fissures. These are places where plaque can build up which cannot easily be reached by a toothbrush or dental floss.
One method of preventing cavities from developing in the pits and fissures is to seal them off with a protective coating, this process is known as fissure sealing.

Which teeth should be sealed?

Fissure sealants are normally only applied to the back teeth – the molars and premolars. These are the teeth that have pits and fissures on their biting surfaces. Graeme will tell you which teeth should be sealed after he has examined the patient, and checked whether the fissures are deep enough for sealing to help. Some teeth naturally form with deep fissures, which will need to be sealed, others with shallow fissures, which will probably not require a sealant.

Will the fissure sealant process hurt?

No, it is totally pain free, and the teeth do not feel any different afterwards.

How long do they last?

Fissure sealants last for many years, but Graeme will want to check them regularly to make sure that the sealant is still intact. They can wear over time, and sometimes Graeme will need to add or replace some sealant to be sure that no decay can start underneath them.

When should this be done?

Fissure sealants are often applied as soon as the permanent teeth start to come through. This is usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The rest of the molars and premolars are usually sealed as soon as they appear which can be any time between 11 and 14 years of age.



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