Child Patients


Children are especially welcome and are encouraged to attend our practice on a regular basis. We aim to make their visit as enjoyable as possible – a visit to the dentist can be fun!

We make every effort to ensure children feel especially welcome and have an enjoyable experience.

We want children to love coming to the dentist and to have healthy teeth and gums as they move into adulthood. The best time to start this is when they are young. This will help them to prevent any future dental problems. Duncan Smith Dental is proud to be part of the Chilldsmile programme. This is a national programme which aims to improve the oral health of children in Scotland.

We hold regular Childsmile clinics throughout the year and our fully trained Childsmile nurses, will talk to your child about keeping their teeth and mouth in tip-top shape. Our Childsmile clinics fun and educational, with a child-friendly atmosphere.

As a part of the Childsmile programme we offer:

  • oral hygiene instruction, teething and toothbrushing instruction
  • advice on diet, breastfeeding and weaning
  • provision of free dental packs
  • regular fluoride varnish applications from 2 years to 5 years 11 months
  • Click on the picture below to find out more at the Childsmile website.

It’s never too early to register your child with us – even before their first teeth come through. We would like your child to have a positive experience visiting Duncan Smith Dental, as this will influence the way they care about their teeth and the way they feel about going to the dentist throughout their life.

Strong teeth now, stronger forever!

When should my child first visit the dentist?

Childens Dentist Musselbrough edinburgh scotland UKWe would prefer to start seeing patients as young as twelve months old. This enables us to check for early signs of disorders, to advise parents on dental health, and to establish good preventive habits at an early stage. The earlier these visits begin, the more relaxed your child will be. This will let them get used to the noises, smells and surroundings and prepare them for future visits. Painless check-ups also help to encourage good co-operation when your child is older.

We will carefully examine the development of your child’s teeth and mouth and monitor any potential problems. Any special preventive care can be recommended if required.

A dental check-up comprises:

  • Examination of the teeth for any cavities present
  • Evaluation of the susceptibility of the child to dental problems
  • Developmental checks of the growth of both teeth and jaws

Protecting children’s teeth

Childrens dentist musselbrough edinburgh scotland UKThere are a number of things that you can do to reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay and dental erosion. Some useful tips include:

  • Take your child to the dentist regularly
  • Take advice from your dentist about protective treatments such as fissure sealants and fluoride supplements
  • Prevent sports injuries by wearing a mouthguard
  • Restrict sugary or acidic food and fizzy drinks in their diet
  • Encourage regular toothbrushing

Fissure sealants

  • Are safe and effective
  • Painless in application and unnoticeable after treatment
  • Prevent decay of molars and premolars
  • Should last for many years
  • Easier to keep clean due to a smoother tooth surface
  • Reduce the likelihood of fillings in your child’s mouth

Tiny cracks appear in back teeth as they grow.
Food particles often become lodged.
Fissure sealant is applied in droplet form.
The sealant is hardened using a bright light… protecting against tooth decay.


Mouthguards dentist musselbrough edinburgh scotland ukA well fitting, professionally constructed mouthguard is recommended for all contact sports. A properly fitted mouthguard can help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. A wide selection of colours is available, and you can even match the team strip!

Our mouthguards are made on a cast of your child’s teeth and are specially fitted for your child’s mouth. It offers much more protection than something bought off the shelf! They also cause much less interference with speaking or breathing and provide the best fit.