Children Dentistry

Children Dentistry in Brentwood

Shenfield Family Dentistry

We offer the very best in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics for the whole family. Our practice is a calm and relaxing space for your family, ensuring every visit is stress-free and supportive.

Our team cares for your whole family’s oral health needs. Our experienced team at Talbot Dental will look after your children’s oral health throughout their childhood.

We encourage parents and guardians to bring their children to see us when their first tooth comes through, which often happens a few months before their first birthday.

Your Child’s First Visit

We understand at Talbot Dental, that a child’s first visit to the dentist is very important not only to check their oral health but to start a life-long, regular, routine of visiting the dentist. We have created a relaxed, family friendly environment for everyone to feel comfortable ensuring a stress free visit for patients of any ages.

The first dental visit is for parent education about how to care for your child’s teeth, and introduce your child to our team and the dental surgery. The more time spent with us, the more relaxed they tend to feel for future visits. We often see first hand, that postponing the first dental visit until a child is two or three increases their chances of more emergency dental visits.

At Talbot Dental, we will help look after childrens teeth with:

  • Children oral health exams
  • Providing preventative care, including cleaning and prescribing fluoride treatments and fissure sealants
  • Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth a prompt orthodontic referral where appropriate
  • Repairing tooth cavities
  • Management of gum diseases and helping to improve their brushing


It is recommended to schedule your child’s first dental visit around their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth appears. Early dental visits help familiarise your child with the dental office and allow the dentist to check for any potential issues.

Children should typically visit the dentist every six months for regular check-ups and cleanings. However, your dentist may suggest more frequent visits if your child has specific dental needs or is at a higher risk of dental problems.

Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, it’s crucial to care for them. Clean your child’s gums with a soft cloth before their first tooth erupts, and once the teeth appear, use a child-sized toothbrush with a smear of fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Encourage your child to spit out the excess toothpaste but avoid rinsing as it helps to retain the fluoride.

Children typically start losing their baby teeth around the age of six or seven. This process continues until around the age of twelve or thirteen when all the permanent teeth have erupted.

If your child complains of a toothache, rinse their mouth with warm water and gently floss around the affected tooth to remove any food particles that may be causing the pain. If the pain persists, contact your dentist for an appointment.

Thumb sucking and pacifier use are common habits in infants and young children. However, if these habits continue beyond the age of three, they can affect the proper growth and alignment of the teeth. It is important to encourage your child to stop thumb-sucking or pacifier use and consult with your dentist if you need additional guidance or support.

Yes, fluoride is safe and beneficial for your child’s teeth. It helps strengthen the enamel and protect against tooth decay. However, it is important to use fluoride toothpaste in the appropriate amount for your child’s age. Young children should use a smear of toothpaste, while older children can use a pea-sized amount.

Most children can start using mouthwash around the age of six or when they can rinse and spit effectively. However, it is essential to choose a child-friendly, alcohol-free mouthwash and consult with your dentist for specific recommendations.

To prevent cavities, encourage your child to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, floss daily, follow a healthy diet low in sugary foods and drinks, and visit the dentist regularly. Dental sealants can also be applied to the molars to provide an extra layer of protection against cavities.

If your child knocks out a permanent tooth, it’s important to act quickly. Rinse the tooth without scrubbing, and if possible, gently reinsert it into the socket. If you’re unable to reinsert the tooth, place it in a container of milk or saliva and contact your dentist immediately.

Yes, sports activities can pose a risk to your child’s teeth. It is essential to have your child wear a mouthguard during sports to protect their teeth from injuries. Custom-fitted mouthguards provided by your dentist offer the best protection.

Make brushing fun by choosing a colourful toothbrush and toothpaste with their favourite characters. Set a routine and brush your teeth together as a family to make it a positive experience. You can also use educational resources or apps that make brushing more interactive and engaging for children.

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Talbot Dental
1 Talbot House, Friars Avenue
Shenfield CM15 8JA
Opening Hours
Monday 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
Tuesday 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 2.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Saturday 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Sunday Closed