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Exceptional Care for Young Smiles at Stricklands

When it comes to the oral health of your children, finding a reliable and experienced kids dental specialist is of utmost importance. At Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre, we understand the unique dental needs of children and offer exceptional care in a friendly and welcoming environment. 


With a focus on paediatric dentistry and a team of highly skilled professionals, we provide comprehensive dental services tailored specifically for young patients. In this article, we will explore the significance of kids dental specialists, the importance of early oral hygiene, and why Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre comes highly recommended for children’s dental care.


Specialised Treatment for Children


Children require specialised dental care to ensure their oral health and development are on track. Kids dental specialists are trained to address the unique dental needs and concerns of young patients. 


At Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre, our paediatric dentists have extensive experience in treating children and providing age-appropriate dental services. From routine check-ups and cleanings to preventive treatments and restorative procedures, we offer a wide range of services to keep young smiles healthy and vibrant.

Importance of Early Oral Hygiene

Establishing good oral hygiene habits from an early age is crucial for children’s oral health. Kids dental specialists emphasise the importance of proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups to prevent tooth decay and other dental issues. 

At Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre, our dental team educates both parents and children on the importance of oral hygiene practices. We offer guidance on age-appropriate brushing techniques, diet choices, and the use of dental products specifically designed for children. By instilling these habits early on, we set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles.


Comprehensive Kids Dental Services

Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre provides comprehensive dental services for children. From their very first visit, our caring and gentle dental team strives to create a positive and comfortable experience. Our kids dental specialists offer thorough dental examinations, preventive treatments such as dental sealants and fluoride applications, and treatment for common childhood dental issues like tooth decay. 

We understand that every child is unique, and our team is trained to handle children with different temperaments and dental needs. We make every effort to ensure that children feel at ease during their dental visits, promoting a positive attitude towards dental care.

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Collaboration with General Dentists

Our kids dental specialists work closely with general dentists to provide comprehensive care for young patients. Collaboration between specialists ensures a smooth transition as children grow and their dental needs evolve. 


By coordinating treatment plans and sharing relevant information, we strive to deliver the most effective and efficient care for children. Should a child require more complex treatments like root canals or orthodontic care, our team will coordinate with the appropriate specialists to ensure comprehensive and tailored dental services.


Creating a Positive Dental Experience

At Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre, we understand that dental visits can be daunting for children. Our team goes above and beyond to create a positive and child-friendly environment, helping children feel comfortable and at ease. From a warm and welcoming waiting area to gentle and patient-focused care, we strive to make every dental visit a pleasant experience. 

Our highly recommended kids dental specialists are experienced in managing dental anxiety and providing compassionate care to ensure children feel confident and reassured throughout their treatment.

When it comes to children’s dental care, choosing a kids dental specialist is essential for their oral health and overall well-being. Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre offers exceptional dental services tailored specifically for young patients. 

With our focus on paediatric dentistry, emphasis on early oral hygiene, comprehensive range of treatments, and commitment to creating positive dental experiences, we come highly recommended for children’s dental care. Trust our skilled and compassionate team to provide the highest level of care for your child’s dental needs. Schedule an appointment today and give your child the gift of a healthy and beautiful smile.


Why bother taking a baby to the dentist?

We recommend that all children are seen by a dentist before their first birthday – even if they haven’t got any teeth. This will not only eliminate any potential risks, but also establishes the dentist as a familiar and fun place to be. You don’t need to make a separate appointment for your baby – we can assess them quickly on your lap during your own dental health examination.

When should I start teaching my child to brush their teeth?

Start getting your baby familiar with brushing as soon as those milk teeth appear – the earlier you give them a toothbrush, the more likely they are to comply with oral hygiene in the future. As more teeth come through, brush regularly and then encourage them to attempt their own brushing while you supervise. Set a good example by brushing and flossing your own teeth twice a day – children learn best from watching what happens in the home.

What toothpaste should my child use?

Children under three years old should use a smear of toothpaste containing no less than 1000ppm fluoride. Children between 3 and 6 years old use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing more than 1000ppm fluoride. Children over 6 can use regular toothpaste, containing around 1350-1500ppm fluoride.

Is it ok to give my child a dummy?

A dummy can be really helpful for soothing your baby, as sucking is a natural reflex in a young child. Never dip the dummy in anything sweet and never use a dummy that has juice in it. When your baby is older, we can advise on the best time to start weaning them off the dummy.

When should my child stop sucking their thumb?

Sucking is a natural function, but if thumb sucking is intense and it becomes a habit it can lead to speech or orthodontic problems. We can advise you on ways you can gently discourage thumb sucking.

Why is fluoride important?

Fluoride is proven to prevent cavities, which is why it’s routinely added to toothpaste. We routinely offer children fluoride varnish, a quick and painless procedure that provides added protection against tooth decay.

What do I need to know about fissure sealants?

When a child’s permanent molars erupt, we may recommend fissure sealants for added protection, as those developing adult teeth often have deep fissures that trap food and are hard to clean. A fissure sealant is a plastic seal that sticks to the tooth, creating a smooth surface that deflects food and is easier to clean.

Can my child see a hygienist?

We believe that prevention is better than cure. With this in mind, we often advise parents to take children to the hygienist to establish good cleaning habits and an early awareness of the importance of dental health.

Christina Tatsi

Christina Tatsi

Specialist Paediatric Dentist

DipDS, MDDipDS, MDentSci, FRCD(Canada), MPaedDent(London), PhD, AFHEA
GDC Registration Number - 86115

Our paediatric specialist, Christina Tatsi, has more than 10 years’ experience in the dental care of children.

Her holistic approach to dental care focuses on the child and their individual needs. Dental treatment needs to be delivered with empathy in order to build a positive attitude towards dentistry in the future. The developing dentition and the risk of caries are also important factors in the decision-making process. Prevention is tailor-made in order to fit the child's routine in partnership with the parent(s)/guardian(s).

Christina qualified in 2001 in Greece where she worked for two years. She completed her three-year specialist training in 2006 at the Leeds Dental Institute, the only institute in Europe eligible for the fellowship of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, which she obtained in 2007. She became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2009. She is a member of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry ( and an active member of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (
She takes an active interest in the research and development of evidence-based dentistry for children, and is a member of the International Association of Dental Research (, an introductory member of the European Organisation for Caries Research ( and the International Association of Dental Traumatology (

She has completed a PhD research degree, investigating the prevention of early caries in orthodontic patients.

Christina is also working at King's College Dental Institute and Guy's Dental Hospital as a Specialist Clinical Teacher for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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