Children

At Bracken Barrett, we welcome all the family, with children encouraged
to start visiting as soon as their first tooth arrives.

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A full dental service
for all ages.

At Bracken Barrett we always enjoy the visits of our youngest patients, for a variety of reasons. We are proud to give them quality dental care, of course, we take pride in getting their oral health off to a good start. While we love having the children in our practice, we are fully aware that the feeling may not be mutual. As a parent this is extremely difficult and you may find it hard to commit to making an appointment for your child, knowing they’re not going to look forward to the appointment. However, despite all the concerns, dental visits are extremely important for children of all ages and we at Bracken Barrett are here to make your child’s visits as comforting as possible with a fun goodie bag to take home.

We at Bracken Barrett have signed up to the States of Jersey ‘Putting Children First’ campaign as we believe it is essential for children to understand good oral hygiene habits as early as possible and to become familiar with the experience of attending the dentist as a child will likely need to visit a dentist many times during their childhood.

Having regular dental appointments will help them gain confidence with the dental environment and help build a positive attitude towards dentists which will help them when attending the dentist throughout their lives.

Don’t worry if your child doesn’t want to open their mouth on their visit to the dentist. It is important they get used to being in a dental practice while you have the time to ask the dental team for advice on caring for your child’s teeth.

KIDS PRICE GUIDE

While we love having the children in our practice, we are fully aware that the feeling may not be mutual

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See our Itero page for more info on our scanning for kids teeth for early detection of problems.

We provide a full offering of preventative items from tooth brushing instructions and diet advice to fluoride treatments, minimally invasive treatments, for example fissure sealants as well as scale and polish and iTero scans which capture 3D impressions and diagnose decay with the need for x-rays.

We advise that your child has a dental examination every 6 months to monitor their development, spot any issues early on and get them used to the sights, sounds and smells of the dental practice. The earlier we detect decay, the more likely we can stop it from spreading. We believe in being as minimally invasive as possible, using more modern techniques to treat primary teeth without unnecessary suffering. We also monitor the development of your children as they grow and change from baby teeth to adult teeth. If necessary, we can offer interceptive orthodontics as the night time.

Toothbrushing tips

  • Introduce your baby to having their gums and teeth cleaned from an early age, certainly by the time the first milk tooth comes through.
  • You should brush your child’s teeth until they can do it by themselves
  • Parents should supervise toothbrushing up until around 7 years old
  • Brushing teeth should happen twice a day for 2 minutes each time including last thing before bedtime at night is important
  • Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste
  • Spit, don’t rinse, after toothbrushing
  • Replace your toothbrush regularly

Top Tips

  • Ensure you visit your dentist regularly
  • Brush teeth twice a day
  • Reduce the amount and frequency of sugary food and drinks
  • Wear a mouthguard when playing sports
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash
  • Limit snacking 

Fissure Sealants

Prevents measure against tooth decay, the sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared with a special solution and dried. The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard – usually by shining an ultraviolet light onto it. It is pain-free and the teeth do not feel any different afterwards.

Sealants can last for many years, but your dentist will need to check them regularly to make sure the seal is still intact. They can wear over time and sometimes need to be replaced.

Sport Shield (Gum Shield)

At Bracken Barrett we advise if your child is involved in a contact sport that they wear a sports shield while playing sports such as rugby, hockey, football or other contact sports. A fitted mouth guard specifically made for your child will protect your child’s front teeth and may prevent a fracture or other injury.

Grace Kennedy
Grace KennedyDentist
BDS (Glasg)
152116

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