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DID YOU KNOW THAT CHILDREN SHOULD VIIT THE DENTIST BEFORE THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY? A UK wide campaign has been launched in order to raise parent’s awareness of this issue.

Dental Check by One (#DCby1) is a nationwide campaign to encourage parents and carers to take their child to the dentist before their first birthday. It was launched by The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry to encourage a positive start for children with dental care and for parents to get advice on how to keep their child’s teeth healthy and strong.

Part of this message is that all babies should see a dentist when their first teeth appear, and no later than by their 1st birthday.

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NHS Dental Care For Children Is Free

Despite children being seen for free on the NHS only 19% of children are taken to a dentist before they reach the age of three. If a dentist can examine a baby’s teeth before their 1st birthday, there is a greater chance of preventing decay and identifying many oral health problems.

The unnecessary suffering experienced by children and the associated cost to the NHS means there is a need for action. In 2013/14 over 66,800 children in England, Scotland and Wales had a general anaesthetic to remove decayed teeth. 49% of 5 year olds and 58% of 8 year olds have had tooth decay. The latest available figures estimate the cost to the NHS in 2015/16 of providing multiple dental extractions under general anaesthetic to children was a massive £50.5 million a year.

Presentation is Better Than Cure

Ensuring your children have a balance set and care for their teeth is the best way to prevent oral health problems. Get some tips and advice on our parents page.

NHS Children’s Dentist in Gravesend

We never refuse to see children under the NHS and its free! Book your baby and children in today!


COVID-19 UPDATE - November 2020

Despite the latest lockdown we are still open.

Due to social distancing requirements and enhanced infection control procedures we are having to run the practice at a reduced capacity then we would do normally.

Opening hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm Mon-Thurs and 9.00 to 4.00pm Fridays.

Whilst we are doing check ups and routine dentistry we have long waiting times for appointments.

We also run a telephone emergency service during normal working hours. Out of hours advice is available via NHS Direct on 111.

Click here for information on how to deal with dental emergencies at home.

Due to our reduced capacity we are unable to take on new NHS patients but can provide emergency advice and care if appropriate. 

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