Care for every member of the family

At Ash Villa Dental Practice in Sale, we’re proud to have been providing quality dental treatment and care for every member of the family for more than 35 years. You can rest assured that your smile is in safe and experienced hands, and we take time to make sure our younger patients feel comfortable with dental visits from an early age. To find out more about our children’s dentistry services or to register as a patient with us, get in touch today.

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Where family dentistry comes first

Our family dentistry includes a range of regular care we provide for patients, from babies and children through to adults of all ages.

Young teeth need just as much care and attention as adult teeth. It’s wise to introduce your child to the dentist as soon as their very first tooth appears (usually when they are around six months old). Even though there will be hardly any teeth for us to examine at this stage, early visits will help your child feel relaxed about attending dental appointments. You can also pick up plenty of helpful advice about tooth care for tots, including how to use dental tools and dietary advice.

A combination of regular visits to the dentist from a young age, developing a good dental care routine at home and encouraging a healthy diet will help keep your child’s teeth in great condition for life.

Children’s dental care includes:

  • Regular check-ups
  • Scale and polishes
  • Invisalign
  • Fissure sealants & fluoride varnishes
  • Advanced care and dental treatment

We offer dental plans to maintain regular dental visits for all the family.

Our dental plans

Caring for your kids’ teeth at home

As well as regular visits to the dentist, you also need to look after your child’s teeth at home.

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, 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.

Fissure sealants and fluoride varnishes
For further protection, fissure sealant 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 which 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.

Frequently asked questions
Do you see children on the NHS?

We do not have any NHS patients at the practice. To see what we offer our younger patients, take a look at our plans.

How can I join the practice?

If you’d like to join our dental practice in Sale, you can call us on 0161 973 6890 or book online.

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.

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.

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.

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, routine dental check-ups for cleanings and preventive treatments like dental sealants.

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.

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.

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