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:
Visit the Victorian ADA Website for more useful information on Children’s dentistry.