Children’s Dentistry

Caring for children’s teeth in Watford

Children start to get their milk teeth or baby teeth when they are about 6 months old. You should book an appointment to see the children’s dentist when your child cuts their first tooth. This might seem early but will get your child used to being in a dental surgery and seeing a dentist so that they are not frightened as they get older.

You should also start to care for your child’s teeth as soon as they appear in the gums. Get a soft children’s dental toothbrush and gently help your child to brush the teeth and gums using a pea-sized blob of children’s dental toothpaste containing fluoride.

From this young age, children begin to learn the importance of caring for their teeth and you can help them avoid the build-up of plaque on teeth which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

By the age of 3, most children will have all their baby teeth. Milk teeth are important because they hold the place for permanent teeth and help guide them into position. They play an important role in the development of speech and chewing. Encourage your child to brush their own teeth – but supervise them up until the age of about 7. At this age, children begin to lose their baby teeth and will have all their adult teeth by the age of 21.

At Watford Dental Practice, we understand how important it is to develop good habits with children’s dentistry. We encourage children from Chandler’s Cross, Moor Park, Rickmansworth, Watford, Bushey, and Hertfordshire to visit the dental practice and build a relationship with us.

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What children’s dental treatments are available in Watford?

Dental check-ups for children

At Watford Dental Practice, we encourage visits to the children’s dentist every 6 months. This enables us to keep an eye on how your child’s teeth are growing and ensure that their oral hygiene is the best it can be.

In this way, if any problems occur, we can quickly deal with them before they potentially become more complex.

Visiting the children’s dentist every six months also allows your child to become familiar with the dental practice in Watford and to get accustomed to the sights, sounds and smells. This means they are far less likely to be frightened of visiting the dentist as they get older.

Our friendly dental team are welcoming and enjoy helping to make children feel at ease.

Fillings for children

Cavities are small holes that can appear in adult and baby teeth which are usually caused by teeth not being cleaned properly or because of a diet that contains too much sugar.

Cavities in children’s teeth need to be treated because they can cause pain, infections, can affect speech and eating and can lead to greater problems with oral care later.

First, the children’s dentist will ensure that your child’s tooth is clean and free from infection. The cavity is then filled using a composite material which helps to shape the tooth and give it protection.

Fissure sealants for children

Fissures are the grooves and pits that are found on teeth, typically found in the back of the mouth where chewing food occurs. Sometimes, toothbrushes cannot clean the fissures effectively allowing bacteria to thrive, resulting in tooth decay.

Fissure sealants are a type of coating that can be painted on to teeth to prevent food and bacteria settling into the grooves on teeth.

The process is completely painless and often used within children’s dentistry. Fissure sealants are an effective way to protect against tooth decay. Your child will need to have their fissure sealants regularly checked and maintained by the children’s dentist every six months to ensure that the seal has not broken or worn away.

Benefits of children’s dentistry in Watford

Patients from Rickmansworth, Moor Park, Bushey, Chandler’s Cross, Watford, and Hertfordshire are choosing children’s dentistry because:


  • Regularly seeing and checking on children’s teeth will ensure that teeth remain healthy, and that long-term oral health is optimised
  • Seeing the children’s dentist regularly, will ensure your child does not grow up with a fear of vising the dentist as an adult
  • By regularly seeing the children’s dentist, you can ensure that any issues are dealt with quickly rather than developing into complicated problems

FAQ's for Children’s Dentistry

Is children’s dentistry covered by the NHS?

Yes, all general dentistry for children under the age of 18 is provided free of charge on the NHS. Cosmetic dental treatments for children are not covered by the NHS.

How can I help look after my child’s teeth?

By ensuring that your child brushes their teeth correctly twice a day using toothpaste that contains fluoride. Children, like adults, should brush for a minimum of two minutes in the morning and again in the evening. Sometimes a timer can help with this. You should take your child to the dentist every six months. Finally, you should restrict the amount of sugar that your child consumes as this can lead to tooth decay. Fizzy drinks are the worst culprit and should be given as an occasional treat rather than regularly.

How can I help prepare my child for a dental appointment?

Try not to mention the dentist in a negative way or as a consequence for eating something bad, instead talk about the dentist positively. Book an appointment for yourself at the same time as your child so that they can see what you go through and that there is nothing to be afraid of. Sometimes, books showing pictures of dentists and dental practices can help children know what to expect.

Our Reviews

Richard K.
Rani and her assistant very kind and very professionalThank youRichard Kent
Vivek M.
The appointment is required to see a dentist. Overall, you are looked after from the beginning to end. Until you get the bill 😃
Very impressed....very professional...very modern clean environment.... dentist was excellent...will stay with practice...
R Hirani is an excellent dentist who makes me feel at ease….I would highly recommend her and this dental practice
This practice and the staff were a complete life saver! I was suffering from impacted wisdom tooth pain, and unable to get an appointment at my usual dentist any sooner than 5 days time. I was referred here by NHS 111, and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The receptionist was lovely, very empathetic and was able to get me an emergency appointment two hours later. My appointment was with Mr. Aftab Hussain, and he was superb! Diagnosed the issue speedily, provided me with the treatment, discussed preventative measures and how the issue would be treated if it occured again, and made me laugh. Excellent all around! Thank you so much!
lillianne B.
had a wonderful experience with watford dental all pleasantly delightful and friendly. Made me feel so at ease as I am a nervous patient and guided me through all my treatment in such detail. Reception team were lovely. Spoke with the manager too who was a delight and very helpful, when i needed a refund for cancellation of a hygiene, as I was moving out of the area she explained in such detail of how the process worked. Thank you to everyone at watford dental.
Asha P.
Been a patient of Watford Dental since I was a child. Dr Abhay Shah is just incredible. So patient, reassuring and brilliant. Wouldn’t go anywhere else. 5 stars
Krishan P.
Fantastic practice. Wonderfully clean and professional environment. Team from reception to dentists and nurses are friendly, welcoming and know how to put your mind at ease. Thank you!
I am very happy with my dentist Mr Patel Manish ,
Albert S.
After experiencing serious toothache for days the receptionist was more than helpful and happy to try and get me a same-day emergency appointment can't speak highly enough
Nishma S.
Had a really nice experience today at Watford Dental Practice. I am always anxious to visit the dentist and I was on this occasion too. However from the moment I was called in I was made to feel relaxed. The dentist explained everything to me and made sure I understood what was going on. The dentist was very gentle and I can honestly say the whole appointment was much better than I anticipated. I have recently changed to this dental practice and whole heartedly recommend them.
Kirsty P.
Always a wonderful experience with Watford dental practice. The receptionist staff are always helpful and friendly. I’ve just finished Invisalign treatment with Roshni who has been incredible. I’ll almost be sad to not be going back aside from for check ups! Very happy with everything from start to finish and would always recommend.
letitia J.
Visiting Watford Dental practice was a great experience for me and my sister, we travelled 2hours to been seen at this dentist and it did not disappoint.I was called in early for my appointment as I arrived early. To my delight the staff were very pleasant and helpful.I had a fantastic clean and check up and some brilliant advice was given. Sapphire and Roshni were particularly helpful and I would like to thank them for their amazing service.
Sushila S.
Excellent service from Priya and her team at Watford Dental Practice.
Willow H.
Feel so lucky to have this as my local dentist. The staff there are always so lovely and helpful. A special thank you to Roshni who is always such a joy to see and is so attentive, professional and caring!
I’ve been coming to this Practice for over 20 years and have had the same Dentist all this time Mr Shah is fantastic always puts me at ease due to my health there has been times I’ve had to cancel at the last minute once the receptionist has spoken to Mr Shah who is very understanding a new appointment is made so I’m sure they don’t strike you off for medical reasons more like not turning up without an explanation I would always recommend this practice and of course Mr Shah
Céline F.
I would highly recommend Watford Dental Practice. I have seen most of the dentists here and they are all amazing and all go out of their way to make sure you get the best care possible. I would like to especially thank Aftab and Zara who have both recently done treatment on my teeth. You cannot tell that my teeth have been restored they all look completely natural and white.Aftab and Zara were able to fit me in quickly at fairly short notice so that I could start my ortho treatment. Thanks for always being amazing 🙂
Kennan N.
I can only say that this was absolutely fantastic. The surgeon Zara was great and very gentle with my sensitive teeth and gums. Very easy to get an appointment and did not have to wait upon arrival.
Rabah D.
Excellent customer services, and good Dr 👍 experience,,,I'm highly recommend this practice.
Shahzad S.
A great practice to be associated with. Genuinely care about you and go out of the way to arrange consultations where necessary by the most appropriate doctor in the field . Special mention to Dr Roshni Hirani and Adrian Mullish .Cannot thank you both enough !
Jay R.
Roshni, Alisha and Nikki have been nothing but amazing with the treatment of my wisdom tooth managed to give great advice to ease the pain while I await for it to be removed, all this while keeping the cost to a minimum. Highly recommend and couldn't stress to get yourself booked in to see these absolute legends
adrian I.
dantastic service here today loverly staff best dentists going thank you to all loverly staff
michael S.
Been going there for a few months now, and I cannot recommend it highly.My,dentist, Roshhni,was amazing and so highly recommended 👌👏🙌😍They are a busy practice, but it's worth the Wait.
Joe M.
The experience I had here today was fantastic! My appointment was with Zara and she is first class. As soon as I arrived I felt incredibly comfortable and like I was being looked after by a true professional. Zara’s knowledge, passion and interpersonal skills truly make her one of the best in her field. I couldn’t recommend her enough. I left with a big smile on my face and that’s how you should feel after the dentist. Ready to show of those teeth 😀
Barbara M.
I highly recommend this practice. It was my first choice when I moved to Watford as it came recommended from friends, and they have not let me down. I’ve been a patient for over 2 years and they have never failed to see me when needed. I recently had a crown fit, by Zara, who is an incredible dentist and a credit to the practice. The reception team have always been efficient and polite too!
Candice D.
I wouldn't go anywhere else than seeing Zara at this dental practice. She and the team were very professional, I felt that I was in good hands. Zara was very gentle and kind to me, explaining what was going on. Having a phobia of dentists and not returning to one in over 10 years I will quite happily return to see her again and not avoid a visit for another decade
Jean-michel R.
Watford dental practice have been our family dentist since it started. The service i get everytime I attend is second to none both from the customer facing staff to the clinical staff. Even with the very difficult challenges they face with Covid-19 protocols, We have always been dealt with professionally so I can only commend them to any prospective clients.
Deborah W.
I have been at dentist many years I've had many teeth problems all the staff are so always luckey to get appointment. Receptionist her name is Carole.. fill like I've known her for ever so so helpful such a kind manner. She is so right for that job she takes my pain away talking to daughter comes to dentist to she is so happy there I must say thank you Carole
Nicholas H.
Watford Dental Practice have always provided a very good service
Stuart B.
Absolutely fantastic treatment at Watford dental practice, suffer with very bad anxiety and was treated fantastically by the dentist and reception team. Will be recommending them to my friends.Massive thank you to all at Watford Dental Service especially Carol and all the reception team for making me feel so welcome and settled. Will definitely be back keep up the great work. 👍👍👍👍👍
Nabil I.
Amazing sevice all the staff are very welcoming and nice