Children’s Dentistry

It’s never too early to begin teaching good oral hygiene to your children. Behaviours learnt when they’re young tend to stick with them throughout life.

Baby-Teeth

When to start

You should start caring for your child’s oral health from when they’re a baby and into their toddler years as they get their first teeth coming through. It is also important to remember that a good diet will help them maintain healthier teeth even at a young age.

They will require assistance from you until about the age of 7 or 8 but even then, it’s a good idea to supervise them when they’re brushing and flossing their teeth.

There are a number of key things to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your kids’ teeth in tip-top condition.

Baby teeth matter

Yes, they eventually fall out to make way for adult teeth but that doesn’t mean cleaning them isn’t important.

If decay causes them to be removed too early, it can cause problems when the permanent teeth begin to erupt as the loss of space creates a crowding issue.

So ensure they brush their teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, which they shouldn’t swallow, remembering to brush for at least two minutes at a time. Try using an egg timer to make keeping time fun for your child.

Flossing, with parental assistance until the age of 9 to 10, or when they are dexterous  enough to do it themselves.

Regular dentist visits

We usually start seeing toddlers at the age of 18 months. This allows time for them to get familiar with the clinic setting and get to know their dentist. Your child should see their dentist regularly and understand that visiting them is an important part of growing up. If you receive benefits such as Family Tax Benefit A payments, you can take advantage of government programs such as the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

Good eating and drinking habits

To develop strong teeth, your children need a healthy, balanced diet made up of fresh foods such as vegetables, cheese and lean meats, minimal high-sugar foods such as biscuits and muesli bars, and fluoridated tap water.