Children’s Dentistry

Caring for children’s teeth in Watford

Children start to get their milk teeth or baby teeth when they are about 6 months old. You should book an appointment to see the children’s dentist when your child cuts their first tooth. This might seem early but will get your child used to being in a dental surgery and seeing a dentist so that they are not frightened as they get older.

You should also start to care for your child’s teeth as soon as they appear in the gums. Get a soft children’s dental toothbrush and gently help your child to brush the teeth and gums using a pea-sized blob of children’s dental toothpaste containing fluoride.

From this young age, children begin to learn the importance of caring for their teeth and you can help them avoid the build-up of plaque on teeth which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

By the age of 3, most children will have all their baby teeth. Milk teeth are important because they hold the place for permanent teeth and help guide them into position. They play an important role in the development of speech and chewing. Encourage your child to brush their own teeth – but supervise them up until the age of about 7. At this age, children begin to lose their baby teeth and will have all their adult teeth by the age of 21.

At Dunstable Dental Practice, we understand how important it is to develop good habits with children’s dentistry. We encourage children from Chandler’s Cross, Moor Park, Rickmansworth, Watford, Bushey, and Hertfordshire to visit the dental practice and build a relationship with us.

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What children’s dental treatments are available in Watford?

Dental check-ups for children

At Dunstable Dental Practice, we encourage visits to the children’s dentist every 6 months. This enables us to keep an eye on how your child’s teeth are growing and ensure that their oral hygiene is the best it can be.

In this way, if any problems occur, we can quickly deal with them before they potentially become more complex.

Visiting the children’s dentist every six months also allows your child to become familiar with the dental practice in Dunstable and to get accustomed to the sights, sounds and smells. This means they are far less likely to be frightened of visiting the dentist as they get older.

Our friendly dental team are welcoming and enjoy helping to make children feel at ease.

Fillings for children

Cavities are small holes that can appear in adult and baby teeth which are usually caused by teeth not being cleaned properly or because of a diet that contains too much sugar.

Cavities in children’s teeth need to be treated because they can cause pain, infections, can affect speech and eating and can lead to greater problems with oral care later.

First, the children’s dentist will ensure that your child’s tooth is clean and free from infection. The cavity is then filled using a composite material which helps to shape the tooth and give it protection.

Fissure sealants for children

Fissures are the grooves and pits that are found on teeth, typically found in the back of the mouth where chewing food occurs. Sometimes, toothbrushes cannot clean the fissures effectively allowing bacteria to thrive, resulting in tooth decay.

Fissure sealants are a type of coating that can be painted on to teeth to prevent food and bacteria settling into the grooves on teeth.

The process is completely painless and often used within children’s dentistry. Fissure sealants are an effective way to protect against tooth decay. Your child will need to have their fissure sealants regularly checked and maintained by the children’s dentist every six months to ensure that the seal has not broken or worn away.

Benefits of children’s dentistry in Watford

Patients from Rickmansworth, Moor Park, Bushey, Chandler’s Cross, Watford, and Hertfordshire are choosing children’s dentistry because:


  • Regularly seeing and checking on children’s teeth will ensure that teeth remain healthy, and that long-term oral health is optimised
  • Seeing the children’s dentist regularly, will ensure your child does not grow up with a fear of vising the dentist as an adult
  • By regularly seeing the children’s dentist, you can ensure that any issues are dealt with quickly rather than developing into complicated problems

FAQ's for Children’s Dentistry

Is children’s dentistry covered by the NHS?

Yes, all general dentistry for children under the age of 18 is provided free of charge on the NHS. Cosmetic dental treatments for children are not covered by the NHS.

How can I help look after my child’s teeth?

By ensuring that your child brushes their teeth correctly twice a day using toothpaste that contains fluoride. Children, like adults, should brush for a minimum of two minutes in the morning and again in the evening. Sometimes a timer can help with this. You should take your child to the dentist every six months. Finally, you should restrict the amount of sugar that your child consumes as this can lead to tooth decay. Fizzy drinks are the worst culprit and should be given as an occasional treat rather than regularly.

How can I help prepare my child for a dental appointment?

Try not to mention the dentist in a negative way or as a consequence for eating something bad, instead talk about the dentist positively. Book an appointment for yourself at the same time as your child so that they can see what you go through and that there is nothing to be afraid of. Sometimes, books showing pictures of dentists and dental practices can help children know what to expect.

Our Reviews

Iqbal J.
Heena and Adriana were absolutely fantastico during treatment of my tooth
Julia S.
Been attending for years - lovely staff - brilliant treatment - and especially good at treating my nervousness - well recommended!!
Sal Z.
Very pleased with the service I received. Dr Hussain was very helpful and patient with me as I worry alot. Also Elaine was very kind and got me an urgent appointment which was just what l needed.
Carole N.
Very friendly staff Heena & Anais & Adnene.
Paul B.
My dentist Heena and her dental nurse Adriana always give me a professional experience and are pleasant and friendly. I’ve been seeing Heena for a fair number of years now and always feel comfortable and at ease . I’m not a fan of the hygienist cleaning due to sensitivity but let Heena do it and honestly it was quick and without drama. Would recommend her and her work
Ziaur R.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Lynne at reception, who was very nice and polite when booking the appointment over the phone. She is very patience and calm to understand both the patients and dentists availability to accommodate. It's a great customer service I experienced and would like to wish her all the very best! Great Job Ms. Lynne! All the very best for your future endeavours!
I hate the dentist. I'm a very nervous patient. But the staff at Dunstable Dental Practice are so lovely it makes it a bearable experience! Reception staff are lovely, friendly & efficient. The Dentists are reassuring and professional as well as friendly.Thoroughly recommend
I went to Dental Practice Dunstable for a check up and needed two fillings. Dr Heena was very kind and gave me an emergency appointment after I've told her that I work in school and the only time I can take an appointment is in holidays.Dr Heena and Adriana were very friendly and talked to me all the time during my procedure.
Katie H.
Embarrassed to admit I don’t know the name of the hygienist I saw today and it’s not on my appointment email reminder, but she was lovely, really professional. I had the scale & polish with a different hygienist a few years ago before teeth whitening & I was honestly dreading going in today but it wasn’t an ordeal at all. She was really helpful & I will definitely not be worried about my next appointment, thanks so much
Richard D.
Excellent and friendly service by the dentist and the reception staff
Christina I.
I have been coming to this Dentist for many years , at the weekend I got a chip in my back tooth , so called on Monday and got an appointment straight away , had it checked and X-rays and booked in again next day to see what treatment needed , lucky for me only a small chip so was able to have a filling . I was so pleased Mr Bukhari and the dental nurse was so calming and made me at ease very quickly as I was very anxious about my tooth and what would happen , the staff friendly and welcoming Great Dentist see you again soon Thank you
Graham R.
I had an appointment with Heena and Anaïs to have a severely broken tooth extracted. I was very wary that this may not be able to be done at the surgery. Heena assured me that she would be able to complete this procedure. Heena managed to get all of the tooth out (in 2 or 3 pieces) successfully and without any excess pain. All throughout I was asked if I was ok and not feeling pain or uncomfort.I would like to recommend this dental surgery and especially Heena and her assistant for a very professional approach.Thank you. You are Great 👍
Lorna F.
Had a few bits of work done today. Was made to feel very welcome and comfortable. Had a full explanation of what was happening every step, and was always asked if I was okay. Fantastic service from Heena and Anais.Thanks ladies
Michelle J.
I’ve always gone to Dunstable Dental Practice and have always found all the staff here very nice , reception staff will always try their best to accommodate you . Have seen a few dentists over many years and have to say all have been really good . My mum own parents have been going there since 1970’s and also think it’s a great practice . My mum is a nervous patient and the dentist is great with her . Absolutely great practice and would highly recommend.
sheila W.
I'm a very scared patient always to the point I'm sick and shakes my dentist Mrs bhunva is the best one so far she's so kind and caring and puts me at ease all the time the staff are loveky to I would defiantly recommend dunstable dental practice I have 100 per cent trust and faith in my dentist she's the best 👌
Bryan I.
Our dentist and hygienist are friendly, considerate and always willing to give advice. They make a visit to the dentist a pleasant experience. We continue to stick with Dunstable Dental Practice even though we’ve moved away from the area.
Jose Luis S.
Amazing dental practice starting from the ladies at the reception who really make you feel welcomed and then every other member of the staff like dental assistants who are very friendly and professional.I have to specially mention Adam who has been amazing from the first day, very professional and very reassuring. Considering that my level of anxiety while at the dentist is very high, every member of the staff has offered reassurance and they always made me feel more calm.Absolutely everything and everyone in this place is outstanding!! As I am leaving the country soon, I wish I could take you all back to Spain with me.Thank you guys. You are amazing!
David F.
I've just had my 6 month check up with Poonam Tanna. My teeth are rubbish but Poonam Tanna makes you feel like a special human being. Always encouraging and friendly. Only see one problem? If she left.
Dawn M.
Had an appointment with the hygienist today. Wow, my teeth feel so clean and they look amazing. I have made another appointment for three months time. I am thrilled!!
jithu K.
Went in to get my cavities sorted out. Got my appointment through Dano, who was very helpful and considarate. Up on my visit, I was greeted and well welcomed by a pleasant and charming reception team. Moreover, the dentist Mrs Prem was very gentle and reassuring, making sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure. I needed some drilling and fillings she did everything thoroughly while ensuring I was calm and comfortable during the whole procedure. In the end, she gave valuable insights on how to take care of dental health. It was really a good experience, I will recommend them to everyone
Allison O.
Poonam is great, explained my procedure in full and always puts you at ease, not a pleasure coming to the dentist but I am glad she is my dentist 😁 !!
Lee M.
Friendly, helpful and great service. Thanks very much.
Fran G.
I recently sadly had to have a tooth extracted after treatment was not successful. The practice was magnificent throughout. I always received a prompt, even same day, appointment and was treated with professionalism and kindness.
kamonporn G.
Excellent service . Very efficient.
John H.
I visited Dunstable dental today for my second part of a course of 4 fillings and 2 composite rebuilds.i cannot thank the dentist for his work awesome is an understatement made me feel a million dollars when I walked out with no chipped teeth anymore.i am a very nervous dental patient but will no longer worry so much thanks to this dentist ...kindest regards.see you in 3 months
Nuz F
Having struggled to find an emergency NHS dental appt I was seen by Dr Tanna several times over the past month. She has been amazing and was able to save my infected tooth.I highly recommend the practice and staff. Thank you once again!
Idris O.
Painless filling & professional handling
Sarah R.
Highly recommend this dentist, I’m a very nervous patient but Poonam & Adriana were fantastic. So kind and caring. Poonam always does a 5* treatment. Thank you so much ladies.
Milky Chu (.
Very good service provided.
Mary S.
Dental practice is amazing they always do their bestDaniel and Adriene were lovely
Alexandra I.
Kind and friendly staff!
michelle J.
Myself and my family have been clients of Mr Abbay Shah for over 20 years, always a great service and looked after well each visit. Todays visit was Abbay and Adriana and again all good, happy and polite visit. Will happily recommend them.
Dawn R.
Been registered here forever, never had an issue. Professionals all the way.
Dave T.
Very polite and friendly, giving lots of information and making you feel at ease, thabkyou Hussain & elaine
Imdad A.
This was my first time that I had to go to a dental, the staff was very helpful and friendly. It was my son’s dental check up and everything was great. Thank you so much
Jacek M.
Very happy with Hygienist
Kevinlaura P.
No problems well organised,welcoming staff,nice friendly helpful dentists(update) Had major issues with teeth, recently,and it was dealt with fantastically by Receptionists and also the dentist, sorted, issues out brilliantly, Kudos all round 👍☺️
sue H.
I’ve been visiting Danielle for over 25 years & she is an amazing dentist. With my very sensitive teeth she is so careful & I cannot praise her work & friendliness enough. Thank you so much
megan I.
Quick and easy. Lovely lady