Tel: 01475 741186

  • Childsmile Programme

Childsmile – Improving the Oral health of children in Scotland?

Childsmile is reducing inequalities in oral health and ensuring access to dental services for every child across the country.

Aim to register your baby with a dentist after birth or by the time they are six months old. Following registration and initial consultation you should aim to take your child to the dental practice every six months or as advised by your dental team.

Taking your baby to the dental practice as early as possible helps them to get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice and give you access to information, advice and support for looking after your child’s teeth.

At Belhaven Dental Surgery you will be given advice and support from the Childsmile nurses who will show you how you can help your child keep healthy teeth and hopefully prevent them from suffering tooth decay in the future.

The Dental team will

  • Give information on how teeth grow and develop
  • Carry out regular checks to ensure teeth and gums are healthy
  • Offer hints and tips on dental care
  • Demonstrate and explain tooth brushing
  • Promote toothbrushing messages, e.g. spit don’t rinse
  • Advice on weaning
  • Advice on healthy snacks and drinks
  • Provide clinical care including twice yearly fluoride varnish


At your initial visit, it may be an extended duties nurse you see. The dental nurse will take you through the points above

The dentist will check your child’s teeth and gums at least once a year from approx. 18 months old and provide any treatment your child may require. These visits will also help your child to become familiar with being examined by a dentist.

From the age of 2, Belhaven can provide additional preventative care.

The Childsmile Team

Allison, Debbie and Jill are ready to help you and your child

They will become famiar faces as your child grows up. You’ve already met your health visitor

The dental team consists of a number of different professionals with a range of skills who you may meet during visits. They may include a:

  • Dental Health Support Worker
  • Dentist
  • Dental Nurse
  • Dental Therapist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Receptionist


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Opening hours

Monday 0815 - 1700
Tuesday 0815 - 1830
Wednesday 0815 - 1700
Thursday 1000 - 1900
Friday 0815 - 1700

Belhaven Dental Surgery
2 Scarlow Street
Port Glasgow
PA14 5EY

Tel: 01475 741186


We make every effort to see emergencies the same day if you are a registered patient with us. Priority however has to be given to our registered patients.

Please call us before 10am and we will try to fit you in as soon as possible.

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