Children’s teeth are extremely important to their overall health and we offer a wide variety of services to maintain healthy teeth. We strive to create a calm, non-threatening environment where kids can feel safe and comfortable when receiving treatment. Children should first be taken to see a dentist between 18 to 24 months of age. This allows the early detection of dental problems whilst also gently introducing young children to the dental practice.
Some of the services that we offer kids include:
- Regular six monthly check-ups and cleaning
- Fillings and pulp treatments
- Fissure sealants – these are coverings that are placed on top of molar teeth as they erupt to prevent them from early decay
- Orthodontic advice, assessment and referral
- Wisdom teeth assessment and removal
Primary teeth (baby teeth) are vital for chewing and speaking and also hold space in the jaws for the adult teeth developing beneath. They begin to erupt as early as 6 months (occasionally before) and most children usually have a full set by age 3. The first permanent teeth begin to come through when a child is about 6. By 12 to 13 most children have 28 permanent teeth. The last 4 molars (“wisdom teeth”) usually come through between 17 and 21 years.
Looking after your Child’s teeth
When first teeth erupt through the gums brush them gently. Alternatively, wipe the teeth and gums daily with a clean damp wash cloth or gauze pad. Toothpaste is not recommended.
At about 18 months
Use a small toothbrush with soft bristles, cleaning twice a day. Start by teaching your child how to hold the brush. However you will need to brush your child’s teeth as they will lack the dexterity.
After the second birthday
Begin using a smear of fluoridated junior toothpaste on a small toothbrush. Parents must supervise to ensure toothpaste is not swallowed. Encourage your child to spit the toothpaste out rather than rinsing out.
Parents must have hands-on supervision with brushing their child’s teeth until they are at least 7 years old.
Baby teeth are weaker than adult teeth and more susceptible to decay and acid attack. Early childhood decay is often associated with baby bottle habits. Follow these tips:
- Do not give your baby or young child milk, sweetened drinks or fruit juices to go to sleep with, or to suck on for long periods during the day.
- Try not to leave the bottle in your baby’s mouth whilst asleep
- Try to change to a cup or feeding mug as soon as possible
- Do not place honey on a baby’s pacifier
Young children can also benefit from the following tips:
- Eat nutritious foods that are low in sugar, including vegetables, fresh fruit and nuts.
- Avoid snacking in between meals or grazing (sipping or eating sweets/drinks throughout the day).
- Limit the frequency of sweets and avoid the really sticky ones.
- Limit sweets, sticky snacks, soft drinks, cordials and fruit drinks.