Pediatric Dentist Canberra
It is important that your child’s newly-erupted teeth (erupting at six to 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning. A child’s first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable. Our Dentists will make a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment. We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our practice. So when you are in need of a Kids Dentist near me, this of us as your trusted Kids Canberra Dentist as our Dentists are thoroughly skilled in the behaviour management techniques that involve motivating your child for a positive happy dental experience thus eliminating the fear of the Dentist’s chair.
Children should visit your friendly Canberra Dentist by their first birthday & below are some first visit tips as the more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel:
• We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut
• Read books with them about going to the Dentist
• Review with them what the Dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit
• Speak positively about your own dental experiences
During your child’s first visit, your Dentist will:
• Examine your child’s mouth, teeth and gums.
• Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking.
• Check to see if your child needs fluoride.
• Teach your child about cleaning teeth and gums.
• Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.
When new teeth arrive
Your child’s first primary, or “baby” teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six to 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child’s gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth!
Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood, and their permanent teeth begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth; 32 teeth including wisdom teeth.
Adopting healthy oral hygiene habits
As your child’s teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes their teeth after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby’s tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by your dentist or other healthcare professional. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.
Preventing tooth decay with regular checkups
Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid that can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason — many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.
Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your regular checkups.
Tooth Sealants or Fissure Sealants
If your child is prone to tooth decay in their baby teeth your Canberra Dentist may recommend fluoride treatment as this helps to strengthen the tooth surface. Then as the adult teeth erupt through the gum, it may be advised that a protective layer is painted onto the tooth’s biting surface, which is called ‘Fissure Sealants’ commonly known as Tooth Sealants.
Tooth sealants provide a protective thin layer of plastic that is painted in the cavity prone or difficult to clean areas of your child’s teeth. As part of a comprehensive preventative dental care program, tooth sealants can benefit both children and adults by reducing cavities and improving oral hygiene for 5 years or longer. Tooth sealants are highly recommended for children because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas as children may miss brushing in these areas. Tooth Sealants could last for several years, but will be monitored at your child’s regular dental checkups by your Canberra Dentist.