THE HOLLIES 
01354 692 151 14 Park Street,
Chatteris, PE16 6AF
DENTAL PRACTICE
CHILDRENS DENTISTRY

Children's dentist in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire

The Hollies Dental Practice is an NHS registered dental practice in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, providing a full range of dentistry services for children. We offer a calm and relaxing environment that will put your child at ease and reduce the tension of visiting the dentist.

Focus on education

At The Hollies, we focus on promoting good oral care and dental hygiene practices from a young age - seeking to educate children on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • Restrict sugary foods/drinks, fizzy drinks and fruit to mealtimes only
  • Use dental products that contain fluoride and are age appropriate
  • Ensure your childs drinking water contains fluoride
  • Take your child to the dentist for regular 6 monthly check ups.

Our experienced team of dentists and oral hygienists are all experienced in dealing with young patients, ensuring that they minimise any discomfort that dental treatment may cause.

A full service

We offer a full dentistry service for children, including annual and regular check ups, preventative dental care, oral hygiene facilities and orthodontics. Regular check ups enables a good relationship to build over the years which helps the dentist and child have confidence in each other, therefore any treatment needing to be done is far less traumatic for the patient.

Help & advice

The whole team at 'The Hollies' are here to help at all times, whether it be at a routine visit or, indeed, in between visits. We can offer advice to you and your child regarding any aspect of their oral health.

FAQ's

Are baby teeth really important?

Yes. Take good care of your child's baby teeth. They do eventually fall out, but until they do they play an important role by helping your child bite and chew food and speak clearly too. Baby teeth also save space for the permanent teeth, and help guide them into place.

Will pacifiers and thumb sucking harm my baby's teeth?

Sucking is a natural reflex and infants and young children may use thumbs, fingers, pacifiers and other objects on which to suck. Thumb sucking that continues beyond the eruption of the permanent teeth can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and tooth alignment. How frequently a child sucks on fingers or thumbs will determine whether or not dental problems may result. Children should stop thumb sucking by the time their permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Pacifiers are no substitute for thumb sucking. They can affect the teeth essentially the same way as sucking fingers and thumbs.

Can I brush my baby's teeth?

Yes, but ensure to use the appropriate age-related toothpaste. You can use a small toothbrush with soft bristles at bedtime to remove plaque and bacteria. There are several soft bristled toothbrushes on the market that are designed specifically for infants.

When can I use toothpaste for my child?

Aa soon as the first tooth appears, your child should be ready to use toothpaste with fluoride. It is very important that only a pea sized amount of toothpaste is used. You should always supervise your child while brushing to be sure they spit out the excess toothpaste rather than swallowing it.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

At 'The Hollies' we encourage children to attend the practice with their family from birth. This way, by the time they have teeth, they are familiar with the surroundings and staff. Should this not be the case, children should visit a dentist when their first tooth comes in or no later than their first birthday.
Both baby and permanent teeth have fairly well-defined times of eruption.

Children shouldn't be afraid of the dentist

Children will fear the Dentist unless it is an informative and interactive experience. At 'The Hollies', we aim to explain every step with the child. There will be no surprises and your child should feel positive about their teeth. Avoid using words like drill, pull and needle as these are guaranteed to frighten!

How often should my child have a dental check up?

Most children should see their dentist for a regular check up every six months. Your dentist will determine if there are any special circumstances that might require more frequent visits.

How do I teach my child to brush their teeth properly?

By the age of 5 or 6, children should be able to brush their own teeth supervised, until about age 9. Proper brushing removes plaque from the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of the teeth. When teaching children to brush, place the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, start along gum line with a soft bristle toothbrush in a gentle circular motion. Brush the outer surface of each tooth, upper and lower. Repeat the same method on the inside surfaces and chewing surfaces of all the teeth. Finish by brushing the tongue to help freshen breath and remove bacteria.

How do I prevent cavities in my baby’s teeth?

Good oral hygiene removes bacteria and the leftover food particles that combine to create cavities. For infants, use a wet gauze or clean washcloth to wipe the plaque from teeth and gums.
Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water as this could cause “baby bottle tooth decay”. This form of decay is caused by frequent long exposure of an infants teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks. Snacks between meals should also be kept to a minimum and be restricted to fruit, vegetables and cheeses.

How do sealants help protect children’s teeth?

A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves/fissures) of the permanent back teeth (premolars and molars), where four out of five cavities are found in children. This sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque and acid, thus protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth.

Child toothache?

Clean the area of the infected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris. If the pain still persists, contact your dentist. Do not place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately.

What should I do if my child’s tooth is accidently knocked out?

First thing is to find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, and the child is old enough try to reinsert it in the socket (reimplantation). Have the patient hold it in place by biting down upon some gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva, milk or water. The patient must see a dentist immediately! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.