Quality dentistry for younger patients



Children's Dentistry


Nith Place provide quality dental care for children registered with us under the NHS. We believe that you are never too young to benefit from excellent dental care.


Our aim is to give your child a positive introduction to dentistry.

Emma Laurie runs sessions in her role as an Oral Health Educator to help and encourage children to develop the good habits necessary to keep their teeth for a lifetime.

Emma together with Wendy Notman also run Childsmile clinics for younger patients as part of the National Childsmile Programme. Childsmile aim to provide the best in preventative dental care.

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The Childsmile Programme


Available throughout the NHS, the Childsmile Programme is a national programme designed to improve the oral health of children in Scotland, ensuring they have access to suitable dental care and services.

Families with new born babies and young children are offered the opportunity through Health Visitors, Public Health Nurses and Oral Health Support Workers to register their children with an NHS Dentist. By visiting the dental practice, children will receive tailored oral health advice and preventative services.

Health Visitors and Oral Health Support Workers will telephone or visit families. They offer oral health advice and support, including help to arrange dental visits.

Emma Laurie, one of our dental nurses, has received Childsmile training and can now offer appointments to participating families. She will discuss oral health, demonstrate good toothbrushing skills and can apply fluoride varnish (an extra protection against tooth decay), for children from 2 years of age.

All parents will receive child dental packs, which contain a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, a free flow drinking cup for the first year of life and advice from birth to 5 years.

In addition, all children attending preschool and a proportion of primary schools in Scotland will be participating in the Childsmile supervised daily toothbrushing programme. This Childsmile service provides the opportunity and support for children to brush their teeth during the day, as well as encouraging toothbrushing twice daily in the home. 

The fully integrated Childsmile programme is now available for all children and families living throughout Scotland. For further information, tips and advice to help achieve a healthy mouth, please visit the Childsmile website.