It is very important for children to have a good start with meeting the right dentist and one who is proficient in children’s dentistry.
We recommend children have an initial dental visit from 3.5 – 4 years of age. A gentle, fun introduction to the dentist
alleviates kids anxieties. Our initial appointment involves a slow, methodical introduction to dental equipment and hygiene measures.
Prevention of dental disease is critical in children and it is of great importance that they do not develop a phobia of visiting the dentist.
Children’s dentistry focuses a lot on education.
We teach kids about
- what to eat
- how to brush correctly
- how long to brush for
- how to floss and when to begin
The rate of tooth decay is increasing in children despite the beneficial effects of water
fluoridation. After 18 months of age a small pea sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste should be used with toothbrushing.
Parents are often surprised to find out the high sugar content of certain foods.
Dental care of children can include
- teeth cleaning
- orthodontic assessment to check for early signs of dental crowding or crooked teeth
- fissure sealing of the adult molars
- x-rays to check for the early signs of decay
- fluoride treatments
Oral Health Education:
This is a link to the victorian ADA website with useful information on Children’s dentistry