Dr. Andrew Parkman grew up feeling rather afraid of the dentist. He’d feel like a failure if he thought that anyone felt this about him and his dental team.

Andrew, Gail, Constantinos, Andre and Hayley are trusted by parents and children alike. They all share a warm and friendly manner. They work with Sarah and Nancy who are two of the sweetest dental nurses you can imagine. And their role is to make families feel as welcome and as happy as possible.

Our aim is to create a program of preventative care for your little ones. We’ll set them on the yellow brick road to lifelong dental health. We’d be delighted to treat your child. If you’re one of our patients, we’ll happily provide check-ups and preventative treatment for your child free of charge.

We’ll do this up to the age of 5. After that, we charge 60% of the full adult prices. Some 44% of five year olds in Britain have already experienced tooth decay. We can help make sure you’re not in that 44%

Frequently asked questions

My child refuses to brush their teeth. Any hints?

This is a very common complaint. It sounds obvious, but try to make it as fun as possible. It’s difficult to muster this up when rushing to get them to school or rushing to hit the bedtime schedule.

Role play, Andrew’s sons have responded to some of the following:

Where they get to brush a doll or Thomas the Tank Engine’s teeth before they have their own brushed. Yes, trains also have teeth!

Where they get to brush daddy’s teeth before he brushes theirs.

Tickle game: where they have their teeth tickled by the toothbrush.

Electric toothbrush: somehow they seem less resistant to it. Point out the different settings to them and it’ll make them feel a little empowered and in control.

Reward chart: Got to be stickers rather than sweet things! The more immediate the reward the better as children are notoriously bad at delaying gratification.

Lots of praise. Couple this with a dose of slapstick humour and they might even enjoy it.

Get them to pretend to be their favourite animal at London Zoo and you can be the zoo-keeper charged with cleaning their teeth. Andrew’s sons opt for a toothless crayfish and a wiggly worm, but that’s the beauty of creative play!

Turn their brush into a pet. Make it a buddy, love it, talk to it and they might just love it too.

All other tips gratefully received.

My child is petrified of the dentist

We aim to make this a very special place where you and your child can feel safe and protected and trusted. We make it as calm and as positive as possible.

We also give you peace of mind that your child is in the very safest of hands. We use the very best, safest technologies and we are highly trained professionals. But more than that, we’re all acutely sensitive to how important it is to make your child feel confident – in their experience of us and in their everyday, smiling lives.

Why don’t you pop in to just say hello, meet the team and have a look around. Only then will you feel that we are a very special place.

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What treatments do you do?

We cover a full range of paediatric dentistry – general check-ups, cleaning, orthodontic extractions, trauma, early childhood caries, childhood endodontics, orthodontics, paediatric oral surgery, dietary and nutrition advice.

My child's tooth has been knocked out.

If the injury involves a severe blow to the head or jaw, please go immediately to your nearest casualty department, particularly if there has been any loss of consciousness.

Once you have ruled out a more serious injury, please call us on 020 7638 7100 (working hours) or our emergency out of hours number of 07794 135 190.

This is a distressing event for parents and children alike, but we can help you. And it’s important to act quickly.

Permanent tooth knocked out

Find the tooth. Rinse it gently in cool water. Please do not scrub it or clean it with soap. If possible, try to put the tooth back into its socket and hold in place with a clean gauze or tissue. If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, put the tooth into a clean container with milk, saliva or water. Call us for treatment. It’s important to act quickly to save the tooth.

Chipped or fractured tooth

Rinse your child’s mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. Try to locate the tooth fragment. Call us for treatment. We can help to save the tooth and prevent infection.
Baby teeth knocked out:

We will establish whether any roots remain and whether there is damage done to any other teeth. It is not standard practice to save baby teeth, in the way that we’d try to save adult teeth. Do not try to replace the tooth back into the socket.

How many teeth will my child get?

Your child should grow 20 milk teeth and 32 adult teeth later, when their mouths are bigger.There are three different types of teeth designed to deal with most things that we eat.

Incisors: these are the flat front teeth. They’re made for biting into food.

Canines:the pointy teeth. These are designed to tear food apart, etiquette permitting.

Molars: the blunter, broader teeth at the side of the mouth. They crush and grind food into small pieces.

When will my baby's teeth come in?

Milk teeth (0–3 years)

0–6 months: Teeth grow in gums and teething can start.

6–12 months First baby tooth will break through and normally at the bottom front in the middle.

1–2 ½ years: Milk teeth continue to break through. By the age of 3, all 20 teeth should have emerged. Some of these teeth will be in your child’s mouth until age 11–12 so it’s important to look after them. We can show you how.

3–6 years: Adult teeth develop in the gums even before birth but they do not start to emerge until around age 6.

Big teeth (6 years +)

By the age of 13, most children will have a full set of 20 permanent adult teeth.

When should they start brushing?

When their first tooth comes though, you can start brushing. It may be easier at first to wrap a piece of gauze around your cleaned finger and wipe around their gums and teeth. Put a pea-sized amount of children’s toothpaste onto a soft bristled toothbrush and use a gentle circular motion on their gums and teeth. We can advise you on suitable toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Can they use adult toothpaste?

They should use a baby or children’s toothpaste and not an adult one. They are lower in fluoride, less abrasive and milder in taste. From the age of about 2-3, your child can have small amounts of fluoride in their toothpaste. Before then, avoid fluoride please. Fluoride protects teeth from decay. We will discuss with you whether it’s worth using fluoride drops or gel, but it is generally discouraged. An excess can cause tooth discolouration.

How can I make sure they're brushing properly?

Getting started

– Put a pea-sized drop of toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush.
– Try to brush in the same pattern to make it easy to remember.

Brushing

– You could start in the top row at the left hand side.
– Brush in little circular motions from the gums round onto the teeth.
– Brush each tooth in turn before moving onto the next tooth in the row.
– Brush along the inside of the row of teeth.
– Now do the same on the bottom teeth – inside and out.
– Brush along the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

How long

– Aim for 2 minutes. Obviously this will be quite unrealistic if your child only has 2 teeth.
How long should they brush for?

Ideally, 2 minutes. This seems impossibly long especially with a truculent 4 year old. Do your best.

Do you do sealants for children?

We can put sealants on your children’s teeth. It’s normal to do it when their adult teeth start to come in. More sealant will be needed when the rest of their adult teeth come in, between 11 and 14.

A sealant is a clear or tinted plastic protective coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. It’s like a coat of armour for the teeth.

These back teeth have grooves and crevices called pits and fissures. Food can get stuck in these crevices, some of which are so deep that a toothbrush can’t reach into them. These fissures provide the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and cause cavities.

Sealants help to prevent this from happening. They cover the grooves and crevices so that food cannot get into them.

They can last up to 10 years.

Ask Hayley, our hygienist, or one of the dentists when you’re next in.

I've heard it's bad to give them a bottle of milk to take to bed at night

This is true and includes juice too. Milk is a fabulous thing but it does contain sugar and sugar is just what bacteria need to feed on, to create decay.

The milk or juice will pool around your child’s teeth and can remain there for hours. It can cause a particular pattern of tooth decay which is unpleasant for the child and normally devastating for parents and for us too.

So, if you give them a bottle to take to bed, make sure it’s only water and nothing containing sugar.

Also, try to wean your child from the bottle around 12-14 months. Let them use a cup.

Make sure you brush their teeth before they go to bed and don’t let them drink anything other than water. Watch they don’t sneak a bottle of milk or juice to bed with them.

When should bottle feeding be stopped?

Around 12-14 months. And avoid giving juice in a bottle. It’s sugary, pools around certain teeth and can cause decay around those teeth.

When should my child first see a dentist?

Your child’s first visit to a dentist should be when their first tooth comes in, between 6 months and a year. The earlier the first visit, the better chance of preventing problems in the future.

It’s about starting a lifetime of good dental habits and helping your child to feel positive about seeing the dentist and feel confident smiling.

We have a very softly-softly approach with children. Our team are very warm and approachable and understand the importance of making your child feel at ease.

We know that parents often don’t like dentists, so we’re very sweet with them too.

My baby is teething? How can I help them?

From six months to age 3, your child may have sore gums from teething.

There are some things that you might like to try to alleviate the pain.

– Give a clean, gel-filled teething ring, cooled in the fridge.

– Offer them a dry, (unsweetened) rusk to chew on

– Apply teething gel with a clean finger. This may numb the gum and give temporary relief. (Some babies may be allergic to the local anaesthetic they contain. Ask your doctor or pharmacist.)

– Let your baby sip cooled, boiled water. Little and often.

– Use a barrier cream on their chin, to help prevent soreness from continual dribbling.

– Give your baby a dose of a sugar-free paracetamol suspension suitable for babies.

– Some parents swear by homeopathic teething granules.

– And lashings of extra love and attention.

How do we avoid tooth decay?

Luckily, if you follow a few simple steps, your child will grow up with healthy teeth and a happy smile.

What to drink

– Breast or formula milk or cooled, boiled water are the best drinks for your baby’s teeth.

– Fruit juice: You can give your baby well diluted fruit juice (one part juice to five parts water) from six months.

– Check the sugar content

– Baby or herbal drinks may contain natural sweeteners. Check the packet for lactose, fructose and other forms of sugar. Even some soya-based infant formulas are quite high in sugar. Ask your health visitor to recommend brands that are not high in sugar.

Medicines

– Always ask your doctor or pharmacist for sugar-free medicines.

Drinks to avoid

– Avoid giving acidic, sugary or fizzy drinks to your child. They may damage their tooth enamel.

Timing of drinks, Sugary drinks are more likely to cause tooth decay if given:

– Between meals

– At bedtime or during the night

– As comforters

Please don’t put a bottle of milk or juice or sugared dummy into your baby’s mouth as a comforter.

Brushing

– Twice a day, please.

Check-ups

– Every 6 months from when their teeth first emerge.

What safety measures do you take?

Health and safety and the prevention of cross-contamination are vitally important to us. And to keep us as the forefront of dentistry, we consider our professional development to be paramount.

X-rays

We use digital x-rays which deliver about 90% less radiation dosage than a standard x-ray.
We have 2 separate radiography rooms which are fully lead-lined and radiation protected.

Cross-infection

We have a seamless floor from reception door onwards.It’s made with a poured resin which means that there are no seams or cracks for dirt to collect in. And all our instruments are sterilised and stored in sealed bags. We have a sterilisation room and the instruments are sent to and from the surgeries in vacuum-wrapped, colour-coded sterile trays. Our disposable instruments are thrown away after use. We always wear disposable gloves when working and we obviously wear new ones for each patient.

Barrier protection

We cover surfaces that are touched by the dentist (e.g. handles, buttons in the surgery) in thick selotape-like plastic. This forms a further barrier against germs. These are removed after each patient and then the area underneath is cleaned using sterilising wipes and sprays.

Mercury

All of the dental units have mercury separators and we use high-volume aspiration so that mercury is removed safely. We can reassure you that there can be no mercury leaks.

Amalgam free

We do not place amalgam (mercury) fillings.

Immunisation

Our dentists, nurses and hygienist are immunised against Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis (TB), Tetanus, Poliomyelitis (Polio), Pertussis (whooping cough), Diphtheria, Rubella, Mumps and Varicella. This helps to protect both team members and patients from these diseases.

Professional education

We pride ourselves on our commitment to professional development. All members of the team regularly attend seminars and conferences to stay abreast of the latest thinking. We are registered with the General Dental Council for continuing professional development and Andrew, Janet and Andre, between them, are active members of the relevant dental professional bodies — British Dental Association, Dental Society of London, British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Association of Dental Implantology and the New Zealand Dental Society in London.
 Hayley is an active member of the Dental Hygienist & Therapists Association and the Dental Therapy Association. Farah, our Orthodontist, teaches three days a week and is at the very forefront of new thinking.

If you have any questions or you’d like to have a peek around, please ask.

  • We’ll make it fun and have a very softy-softly approach. Andrew’s got a pretty bad sense of humour… but children seem to love it.
  • We use 90% lower dosage digital x-rays.
  • We have a stack of C Beebies magazine to read and the Night Garden DVD.
  • We’re parents too. We could nearly make up a football team with all our small ones.
  • Our nurses are trained in sweetness.