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The Dentist. How do you feel about going?

According to the Oral Health Foundation:

  • Almost half of UK adults have a fear of the dentist.

  • 12% of these suffers from an extreme dental anxiety.

  • Visiting the Dentist is ranked number one (22%) for making people nervous, even more popular than heights (19%).

But why do we feel this way?

Chances are your memories of the Dentist started when you were young with the clinically white walls, the tray of strange instruments, the sounds of drilling and if you were particularly unlucky, the sight of the giant needle and the stinging pain of the injection.

Happy Kids Dental aims to change all that and we visited their Marylebone surgery to see the new, exciting and modern face of paediatric dentistry in London.

Let’s start with the aesthetics. Less cold Dentist, more fun atmosphere. Think patterned walls, theme park style fun, playful wild animal statues and iPads (with pre-programmed games so there’s no chance they stumble upon anything dodgy).

They can even pose for a selfie with some of the animals!

Everything at Happy Kids Dental has been set up with kids in mind; things you wouldn’t think about unless you were parents and dentists like the owners are. From Dentist chairs that are actually benches so kids (especially younger ones) don’t have to lie down if they don’t need to, TVs loaded with cartoons and kids films so whether they’re sitting up for a dental exam or lying down for further work they can keep their eyes and minds off what’s happening in their mouth.

We particularly liked that Happy Kids Dental focus on preventative dentistry. They want to teach kids good dental hygiene from an early age so that

  1. visits to the Dentist have positive connotations

  2. the need for serious dental work is minimised.

They even have a ‘brushing club’ where kids can earn prizes based on how well and how regularly they brush their teeth.

But how can you brush your teeth properly if you’ve only ever been shown by Mum or dad? (unless Mum and Dad work in a Dental practice)? Happy Kids Dental will teach you (that’s parents and children) exactly what a good brushing looks like via large animal heads and giant toothbrushes.

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It’s not all child’s play though, older kids can have a more adult experience with plain walled rooms.

Neither old nor young are keen on the syringe of anaesthetic which is why Happy Kids Dental use ‘the wand’ which importantly, doesn’t look anything like a syringe full of anaesthetic and delivers a slower dose meaning there’s less pain in your mouth. Even their (digital) x-ray equipment is kid friendly – they look like toys!

The surgery is spotless (and we mean spotless) as hygiene is very important to the team; if you so desire you can watch them sterilise and wash all the equipment. Very little is hidden away, new patients and their families are taken on a very thorough tour of the premises on their first visit.

The team at Happy Kids Dental are very experienced in their fields and particularly welcome children with special needs and any health conditions. They can deal with extra sensory and behavioural issues that come with underlying health problems which we think is one of the many things that makes them an outstanding provider of world class dentistry in a world class city.

With extended opening hours (8 am until 8 pm Monday to Friday, 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am until 4 pm on Sunday), Happy Kids Dental recognises the needs of modern parents and opens to suit. They also offer same-day emergency appointments that work around your family’s schedule.

Find out more at happykidsdental.co.uk.