Children's Dental Care In York

Specialist care for children

David Auld

Paediatric Specialist

David completed his Masters in Paediatric Dentistry in the internationally renowned department at the University of Leeds, which was awarded with Merit in 2011.

At the same time, he underwent Specialist training in Paediatric Dentistry in both the hospital and primary care environments, completing his training in May 2012.  He won the MDDUS prize for research as an undergraduate student and won a national prize from the BSPD for his Masters research.

David has published in national and international peer-reviewed journals, as well as being invited to review papers for several publications.  He has taught and examined regularly for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow for a number of years, and was recently appointed as Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds.

David sits on several national committees associated with the speciality of Paediatric Dentistry.

Clinically, his particular interests lie in the management of dental trauma, providing high-quality restorative care for children, medically compromised children and developmental defects and anomalies, but he enjoys all aspects of providing child-friendly dental care.

Colleen Appleyard

Special Interest in Orthodontics

Dr colleen is a dentist with a special interest in orthodontics (teeth straightening).

She gained her qualification as a dentist with a special interest in orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons (England). She has extensive experience of treating both children and adult patients having transformed over 5000 smiles.

She is able to provide a range of different types teeth straightening to make sure you find the option that is best for you:
-traditional fixed braces in metal or ceramic
-lingual braces hidden on the back of teeth
-invisalign clear aligners

In her spare time, she enjoys busy farm life with her husband caring for their many egg-producing free-range hens as well as breeding sheep and horses.



  • On average, babies get their first teeth from 6-8 months of age.

  • Your child’s teeth will need preventative dental care from the moment they appear. So a first trip to the dentist should be when your child has some teeth to examine.

  • In order for your child to have a great relationship with their dental care provider, and a lifetime of healthy teeth, it’s important to set a good example. You can make tooth cleaning, and maintenance, a fun activity by playing ‘open wide’ games, using a washcloth on your baby’s gums, and have your child watch you enjoying brushing your teeth.

  • Yes! Baby teeth are just as susceptible to decay as adult teeth. In fact, baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth, and their enamel is thinner, making them more vulnerable to decay. Additionally, young children may not have developed good oral hygiene habits yet, which can also contribute to the development of cavities. It is important to take care of your child’s baby teeth just as you would their adult teeth, by brushing twice a day, flossing, and taking them to the dentist for regular consultations.

  • Fluoride is an essential nutrient for growing children as it helps to strengthen their teeth and prevent tooth decay. However, some children may require extra fluoride to maintain optimal dental health. Poor oral hygiene and a diet high in sugar is a reality for many children who are not brushing their teeth as often as they say they are. These children have an increased risk of tooth decay.

  • Regular dental consultations are essential for maintaining good oral health. It is generally recommended that children visit the dentist every six months for routine cleanings, checkups, and preventative care. Some children may require more frequent visits depending on their individual needs. If your child is experiencing any dental pain or discomfort, you should schedule an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible.

“Everyone is super friendly and great with my 7 year old daughter.”

Julian Fox – Google review


Why visit Blossom Family Dental Care?

  • Dental trauma and accidents
  • Dental fear and anxiety
  • Teeth/jaw development and growth
  • Decayed or ‘soft’ teeth
  • Specific medical problems or special care needs.