Paediatric Dentistry

Your Child’s Teeth

Caring for your child’s teeth is vital, and we provide dental care for your whole family.

When babies are around 6-8 months old, the two bottom front teeth are usually the first to emerge. Next are the upper four front teeth, followed by the remaining teeth until all 20 have appeared by the time your child is 2 ½ years old.

It’s important to help your child maintain good hygiene, and a healthy diet as the baby teeth hold space for permanent teeth and are crucial for biting, chewing, speech and appearance.

First Dental Visit r

Your child has decades of dental visits ahead, and we want to ensure your little one has a good relationship with the dentist from the start. The age for your child’s first visit is shortly after their second birthday but can be younger if you have any concerns.

The first appointment is brief and may involve an examination of the teeth and gums. During the visit, we may clean the teeth and apply fluoride to protect against any tooth decay.

Permanent Teeth

Permanent teeth begin to appear between age 5 and 6 and will replace some baby teeth.


Your child may have crooked or out-of-place teeth, approximately one-third of 12-year-olds in the UK benefiting from some degree of orthodontic treatment.

If orthodontic treatment is recommended for your child, the dentist will discuss their assessment with you further. Our dentists can provide a preliminary assessment, and you can be referred to see an orthodontist, if necessary.

Good Oral Health For Life!

When your child adopts good oral hygiene practices at a young age and gets into the habit of visiting the dentist on a regular basis, your child will be more likely to continue these activities into adulthood and therefore enjoy healthier teeth and gums for life.

If you would like to make an appointment for your child, contact us today. Our gentle and caring style will help your little one feel at ease.

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As you are aware the Chief Dental Officer announced on 28 May, that dental practices across England will be allowed to begin the process of reopening for all emergency and routine face-to-face dental care from Monday 8 June.

We have been clear in all our communication throughout the pandemic, that our first priority is the wellbeing of our patients and colleagues, and this continues to be the case. As a result, Worthing Road Dental Practice will only be reopening once we are satisfied that we have all of the necessary processes and personal protective equipment (PPE) in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

Rest assured, we will be working through the information as quickly as possible as and when it becomes available.  We will be communicating directly with you soon and via our website with more information about when the practice will re-open. In the meantime, please do not attempt to make a new appointment. If you experiencing a dental emergency such as severe pain or need advice you should continue to contact the surgery who will be able to help on 01403 252646 or email us at

For out-of-hours emergency appointments:

Sussex Community NHS Trust provides out-of-hours appointments. More information is available for clinics located in the Crawley, Haywards Heath, Worthing and Chichester areas.

Click here for more details on how to make appointments or receive advice.

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