Childhood has been identified as the most important stage of your ‘dental life’; both in terms of long-term dental health and also in terms of establishing good – or bad – oral hygiene habits.
At 76 Harley Street, we know it is important that our youngest patients and their parents feel comfortable and confident in the dental treatment they receive. On our team of specialists we have a leading paediatric dentist, Dr Joanna Johnson, who only works with children and young people.
Our early experiences can form our outlook later on, so Joanna works hard to engage with each patient individually, taking into account the child’s age, personality, level of confidence and general attitude.
During your child’s first consultation, Joanna will carry out a very careful and gentle assessment in a relaxed and friendly manner. If X-rays are required, then these are usually performed as low dose digital ones that can be viewed instantly on the screen.
Any treatment will be carefully explained to both the child and their parents before Joanna goes ahead. By using behavioural management techniques Joanna is able to calm and ready the child. She aims to make the treatment as comfortable and pain-free as possible so will use local anaesthetic or sedation where necessary.
Common paediatric dental treatments include: cleaning and removing of decay, fillings and hypoplasia which is a relatively common condition where the dental enamel is hard, but thin, leaving the teeth vulnerable.
Joanna is also able to fit space maintainers if a tooth has been removed to maintain the position of the surrounding teeth. She works with our orthodontic specialists in providing treatment for the straightening and realignment of teeth.
Maintenance & Prevention
As with all our patients at 76 Harley Street, we provide help and advice on how to care for your teeth and this is particularly important with our younger patients. Establishing a good dental routine at an early age should reduce intervention over the following years.