Kids Dentistry – The Importance of Early Oral Care
One of the aspects of dentistry that we enjoy the most is getting to meet your whole family. As such, we have an experienced paediatric dentist Chatswood parents can rely on to care for their kids’ teeth.
While we understand that visiting the dentist can be an anxious time both for parents and children, you can rest assured that we do all we can to make the experience as pleasant as possible. We’re also open 7 days a week, so there’s no need for your child to miss school to attend a dental appointment!
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Good Oral Hygiene definitely starts at Home!
Here’s an interesting fact! Did you know that a fully grown adult has half the amount of neural pathways that your average 2 year old has? As a result their capacity to learn stuff is immense. So it’s a great time to teach them about the importance of good oral care. However even before they reach the ‘terrible two’s’ it’s important to introduce good oral hygiene and tooth care as early as you can; but when should that be?
The answer is as soon a possible! Here’s why…
Taking care of gums before any teeth erupt is important because it helps to prevent problems with any future teeth formation. This should be done by gently wiping the gums with warm water and a soft clean cloth. In doing so it removes any sugar in the mouth from food and any bacteria created by saliva.
When teeth do eventually come through (usually around the age of 6 months – 1 year) teeth should be gently cleaned with a soft toothbrush twice a day using a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste.
Visiting a Paediatric dentist, Sydney – Their first visit
We recommend you bring your child to meet our friendly dental team for the first time once their first tooth has made an appearance.
For their very first visit, why not tie their appointment in with your own. This way they can observe your dental treatment and get accustomed to the dental environment, plus they get to meet our fabulous team too!
Then following their first visit to our paediatric dental practice, how about bringing them to see us whenever you visit. Just so you know…that should be every six months! This is so that we can talk about their teeth and show them how to brush and floss correctly. An early consultation also lets our holistic paediatric dentist assess the conditions of your child’s oral health, keep an eye on the growth progress, and treat any tooth problems in their early stages so as to avoid complications later on.
Fissure Sealants – Choose your flavour!
Around the age of 5-7 we’ll also suggest a fissure sealant application. This is the age when a child’s first permanent molars tend to come through. When brushed on to the biting surface of the tooth it forms a protective barrier. This in turn helps to prevent cavities by sealing the grooves and pits on the chewing surface of the molar where food particles may otherwise be deposited. Once any gaps have been sealed it makes it easier to clean the teeth. Besides the fact that it’s a quick, easy and painless process, sealants come in some pretty interesting flavours including spearmint, peppermint and citrus mint and kids love them.
So What’s the Magic Formula for Strong Healthy Teeth?
Don't ignore the veg
Limit their sugary intake
Regular dental check-ups
Orthodontic Treatments – Not the dreaded braces!
Once your child has their permanent teeth our Chatswood dentist may decide that they need orthodontic treatment. Don’t worry! The good news is that not every child needs braces to straighten teeth, but even if they do, we have a paediatric orthodontist who can suggest a range of discreet brace options to help. Often early orthodontic treatment can prevent lengthier brace treatment later in life.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
At Evergreen Dental, our goal is to help as many families as possible with their dental health through the acceptance of CDBS. CDBS is a benefit entitlement that provides basic dental services to eligible children aged 2-17. The benefit grants each child up to $1,000 over two consecutive calendar years.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about kids dentistry and the services we offer.
If you’re looking for a child-friendly dentist then look no further than our paediatric dentist in Chatswood? At Evergreen Dental we’ll help you to take your child on a voyage of discovery towards superior dental health. Our facility is equipped with a play centre to help our young patients relax and enjoy their time at the dental clinic. Call us today on (02) 8599 7103 to register your child. On behalf of the team at Evergreen, we really look forward to taking care of your child’s paediatric dental needs.