Recent survey results which revealed that less than half of all children visit the dentist regularly came as a surprise to the team at Exeter Dental Centre.
An article published in The Sunday Times shows that the number one reason for primary-school-aged children being admitted to hospital is to have multiple teeth taken out with only 57 per cent of parents making sure their kids brush their teeth properly.
The survey spoke to 2,000 mums and dads with the results showing a distinct lack of awareness of what their children’s oral care regime should look like.
Exeter Dentist, Mike Hesketh from The Exeter Dental Centre said: “We were really surprised to see this as we are all about preventative care at The Exeter Dental Centre and we recommend that children are seen by their dentist at least once a year.
“The check up for children is completely painless and only takes a few minutes. It is important that children get into good habits about brushing and visiting the dentist early to avoid unnecessary treatment in the future.”
The NHS recommends that children see a dentist from as young as possible and at least once by the time reach the age of two.
Mike continued: “We take the teeth of both young and old family members very seriously, and as such we offer a prevention-based approach, educating children on how to care for their mouths. At The Exeter Dental Centre children under the age of 5 are seen for free when attending an appointment with a paying adult and if not, children under 16 can be seen for half price with any treatment also being carried out at half price.”
The Exeter Dental Centre has a history of patients registering their families for dental care and they are well known for treating four generations of the same family.
The whole family can be registered to the same dentist and there are discounts available on monthly fees for families joining the Denplan Scheme.
- Children under 5 are seen for free when attending at a paying adult’s appointment
- Children under 16 are seen for half price when attending at a paying adult’s appointment and all treatment carried out at half price
With advances in new technology and research the Devon practice offers a much more prevention based approach to dentistry educating children on how to care for their mouths in order to head off problems in the future.
They believe that by starting your children in their early years at the dentist is the best way to promote great dental health for your child’s future. Children can enjoy a ride on the dental chair, become friends with their dentist and learn all about the how to brush their teeth correctly and look after their gums.
If you can’t fit in family appointments during the week, The Exeter Dental Centre is open 7 days a week, which means you can book a weekend appointment or an evening appointment until 7pm on a Thursday.
For more information on family dentistry and on your child’s dental health call 01392 248 295.