We know that bringing your child to the dentist can be challenging. Our goal is to encourage your child in a life-long positive attitude towards dental care. This means they need to have a good time when they visit the dentist! Every trip to the dentist should be a fun and relaxed experience for every child.
We have a kind and capable team of dentists who enjoy making your child comfortable. In addition to our 'Children's Team' (pictured right) we also have a specialist Paediatric dentist - Dr Stephanie Salanitri.
The first tooth is usually around 12 months of age, but everyone is different. The baby teeth start falling around around the age of 6, and for a period of around 5 years you child will be in a state of mixed dentition, both baby and adult teeth.
Children from one years old should visit the dentist for six-monthly check-ups. We know that this may seem too much too soon but early identification of a problem can have a significant impact treatment. Our Children's Team will make their first visit a fun experience and ensure your child is set-up for lifelong oral health!
We encourage parents to bring their children in for regular dental check-ups. Check-ups may include oral examinations, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants (coatings to protect healthy teeth), x-rays, oral hygiene instructions, nutrition advice, and mouth guards (to help prevent sports injuries). We aim to minimise tooth decay and cavities and to give you and your child the tools to practice good oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime.
Toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves of the back teeth to extract food and plaque. This is where dental sealants can help.
Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by "sealing out" plaque and food. Dental sealants are a plastic resin that your dentist or oral therapist applies to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) of children. Applying a dental sealant is a quick and easy process, and once complete the sealants are also undetectable. They can only be seen close-up and are rarely visible when your child talks or smiles. The sealant bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces on the back teeth, acting as a barrier to protect enamel from plaque and acids. They cause no obstruction to flossing and do not inhibit the normal development of the teeth in any way.
Children from age 3 upwards who are old enough to rinse and spit could start using toothpaste containing at least 1000ppm fluoride (present in adult toothpaste or selected child toothpaste). Low fluoride toothpaste (eg 500, 250 ppm F) available in the market are not effective preventing cavities.
Children under the age of around 6 years should use a children’s toothpaste because these toothpastes contains less fluoride. This is important as younger children are more likely to swallow, so using a low-dose fluoride toothpaste will ensure they do not get ‘Fluorosis’, which is a condition affecting the tooth enamel. A child only needs a small dab of toothpaste at this age.
Many parents of children with special needs are anxious about how their child will cope with dental treatment. This anxiety can lead to parents not taking their children to the dentist. We have over 20 years experience of dealing with children with special needs and we will work with you on the best approach to make your child relaxed and comfortable throughout their appointment.