Childrens Dentistry Hampstead | Dentist That's Good With Kids
  • Children’s Dentistry

Maximise the chance of good oral health

At IM Dental Care we strongly believe that children should not experience tooth decay and should be at ease in a dental setting. To maximise the chances of good oral health, we will typically assess children’s diet, oral hygiene habits and use of pacifiers and provide parents with tailormade advice on how to maintain their child’s good oral health. A recall interval will be recommended based on the child’s risk.

National guidelines recommend that children should go to the dentist with their parents once their first tooth erupts, or at least by their first birthday. The reason for this is that prevention is paramount.

Seeing the dentist from as early as a year old allows the child to become accustomed to the dental surroundings. It also enables them to build a relationship with staff and prevents children from developing a phobia of seeing the dentist.

Please call us on 020 7794 6252 or send us a message to book a consultation appointment for your child.


For children over the age of 3, fluoride varnish application will be offered in line with the national guidelines. It is recommended to apply fluoride varnish 2-4 times a year. For children over the age of 6, fissure sealants will be discussed and offered. Both of these measures are highly successful modes of caries prevention.


If the child requires treatment of dental decay we strongly believe in ensuring pain free treatment and keeping the child happy and comfortable during treatment at all times.

With modern materials and techniques, there are ways of treating dental decay in a minimally invasive way, with minimal discomfort.

Options will be discussed following the examination and treatment will be made appropriate to the child’s age, level of cooperation and dental needs.

Afterwards, preventive care is of paramount importance to ensure that your child should not have reoccurring dental disease.


What are sealants?

Sealants are a safe and painless way of protecting your teeth from decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.

What is involved?

The process is usually quick and straightforward, taking only a few minutes for each tooth. 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 a bright light onto it.

Will I feel it?

No, it is totally pain-free.

How long do pit and fissure sealants last?

Sealants usually last for many years, but your dental team will want to check them regularly to make sure that the seal is still intact. They can wear over time, and sometimes the dental team need to add or replace some sealant to be sure that no decay can start underneath it.

How do pit and fissure sealants work?

The sealant forms a smooth, protective barrier by covering all the little grooves and dips in the surface of the tooth. Dental decay easily starts in these grooves if they are not sealed.

When should this be done?

Sealants are often applied as soon as the first permanent teeth start to come through. This is usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The rest are usually sealed as soon as they appear which can be any time between 11 and 14 years of age.

Do I still have to clean my teeth?

Yes. It is still very important to do this. The smooth, sealed surface is now much easier to keep clean and healthy with normal brushing. Using a fluoride toothpaste, last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, will help to protect your teeth. Pit and fissure sealing reduces tooth decay and the number of fillings you might need.

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IM Dental Care
326 West End Lane
West Hampstead