CHILDRENS ORAL HEALTH
Essential to childhood development is good oral health. Children, like adults, should visit our practice every six to twelve months from the emergence of their first few teeth, around age 1. By bringing your child to see our team from an early age, they become much more comfortable and confidant when it comes to their dental appointments as they are familiar surroundings and as such eliminates the anxiety experienced by some people regarding dental visits, making for a stress free appointment.
As a child’s teeth and facial bone structure develops quickly, you may need to schedule interim visits every three to four months to monitor their jawbone and facial structure growth if following their examination there is an indication that alignment or tooth eruption may be compromised and future orthodontic treatment may be required.
Often your child’s first appointment will consist of a quick check of their teeth, gums, bite and jaw and take between 15-30 minutes. This is mainly just an introductory appointment to introduce your child to our dentists and hygienists, our practice team and facilities. You may even like to schedule their appointment at the same time as your own regular checkup as it will make them more relaxed if they see you having your teeth examined too.
The Dental Health Care Associates team can answer any questions you may have relating to cleaning and give you advice on oral hygiene and childhood tooth loss. Our entire dental and office team provide a relaxed, non-threatening environment so your child is completely as ease during their appointment.
A regular oral cleaning routine should be implemented even before the emergence of your baby’s first tooth. Ensuring your baby has healthy gums is essential for the development of their baby and adult teeth. To clean their gums, gently wipe them with a soft moist cloth, this will remove any milk residue that may remain after feeding.
Once your child has received several teeth, gradually introduce them to a soft bristled baby toothbrush and brush their teeth with water only.
When they learn to spit it out, around age two, add a small pea sized amount of children’s toothpaste, which contains a lower concentration of fluoride than adult toothpaste. It is important children learn from a young age that brushing their teeth twice a day is a normal daily routine. Most children will need your help to brush correctly until around the age of eight, as younger children are not able brush effectively on their own.
Although their baby teeth fall out naturally, it is vital this does not occur until their permanent adult are developed and ready to come through to take their place. Baby teeth are one of the most important parts of your child’s development. They allow them to eat solid foods efficiently, are essential when it comes to the development of their jawbone and facial structure, they ensure there is enough space for adult teeth to emerge without crowding causing them to become crooked and require the removal of healthy teeth due to the lack of space and guide them into their correct position.
Baby teeth are also the most critical element when it comes to helping children sound words correctly as they are learning to talk.
Call our friendly receptionist to schedule an assessment appointment for your child or for further information on the best oral care for your child’s teeth, talk to one of the Dental Health Care Associates team today Ph: 03 9650 2909.