A new Childsmile room dedicated to making a visit to the dentist a positive experience for children has been opened at Ian Robertson Dental Care in Arbroath.
The practice has recently undergone major renovation and expansion and now has four surgeries as well as a Cone Beam CT scanner, the first in the Angus area.
The ‘Under the Sea’ Childsmile room has been designed to help children feel comfortable and relaxed visiting the dentist.
Trained Childsmile nurses will provide free preventative treatment such as fluoride application, dietary advice and effective toothbrushing instruction.
Dentist Ian Robertson said: “We strongly believe that prevention is better than cure. Instilling good habits in children at an early age is vitally important to avoid future dental problems, which is why we invested in the Childsmile room.”
Officially opening the room, Donna Kirk, Principal coordinator with NHS Tayside’s Oral Health Improvement Team said: “It is a real honour to be invited to the opening of the Childsmile room. The practice has been really keen to ensure that they deliver the Childsmile oral health messages to their patients at an early age.
“They felt that by having a dedicated room for parents and children where they can get advice and support around toothbrushing and diet, they can reduce the chances of their patients needing fillings and other treatment.
“Attending your dentist regularly is important to ensure that your child can receive the preventive interventions they need to help them to maintain a healthy mouth. Toothache still remains one of the highest reasons for school absence and the highest reason for general anaesthetic admission to hospital. Brushing your child’s teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is the best way to prevent tooth decay.”