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Childrens Dentist and Dental Care Centre

Developing a dental routine early in a child’s life will help them to realise the importance of looking after their teeth and get them familiar with the dentist’s chair.
 
When should I take my child for their first visit to the dentist?
 
Baby teeth are the foundations for the adult teeth that will follow so it makes good sense to start visiting your dentist once the baby teeth start erupting.
 
There is no reason for children to fear going to the dentist. It is a good practice that will hopefully lead to proper dental maintenance and care with the vision of life long healthy teeth. Our friendly dental oral health therapists are trained in helping your child through their first visit. We make a fuss of them, and the balloons and stickers don’t hurt either.
 
What will happen on the first visit?
 
A gentle but thorough examination of the teeth, jaw, bite, gums and oral tissues to monitor growth and development and observe any problem areas.
 
If indicated, a gentle cleaning, which includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque build-up or stains.
 
Discuss preventive techniques including fissure sealing of molar teeth and fluoride applications to help keep your children’s teeth free of disease.
 
A demonstration on proper home cleaning.
 
How often should my child visit the dentist?
 
Just like adults, we recommend regular 6 monthly check-ups. The check-ups will assess that the teeth are all growing correctly, are healthy and, will notify the dentist in the instance that there are more complex dental problems now or in the near future.
 
What is a fissure sealant?
 
Fissure sealants are a simple and effective way of protecting young teeth from decay. The grooves in children’s teeth are often one of the most difficult areas to keep clean. As the grooves lengthen, they may leave gaps or “fissures” in the tooth surface where bacteria can grow. These fissures can be difficult to reach with a toothbrush.
 
As a means of protecting the teeth, the dentist will clean thoroughly and then seal over the fissure with a plastic coating. The fissure sealant prevents any future bacteria from settling in the hard to reach places.
 
How can I protect my child’s oral health at home?
 
One of the best methods you can take at home is to lead by example. You will need to help your child brush their teeth until they are old enough to manage it themselves.
Once they are brushing on their own, a twice daily brushing habit with a soft tooth brush will help to keep them cavity free with healthy gums.