Children’s Dentistry

Eliminating fears and promoting oral health

It’s especially important for us to provide a comfortable and welcoming experience for our child patients. We believe that early dental visits can eliminate fears and instil great oral health habits that last a lifetime.

Early dental exams will identify any particular areas that require attention. Children’s exams assess their dentition for proper eruption,  dental decay and the need for fluoride application and fissure sealants.

Children’s FAQs

What age should my child see a dentist?

Age 2, perhaps even a little earlier if you can. This will allow your child to get used to the dental environment and also so that we can advise regarding your child’s oral health, supervised brushing and eating habits.

My child won’t let me brush their teeth, what do I do?

Communicating the benefit of brushing is important, understanding the need to get the ‘sticky germs’ off their teeth from an early age can help. Disclosing tablets are a great tool that turns plaque pink & purple!

Electric toothbrushes can make brushing more ‘fun’. Brushing with an electric toothbrush is easier too, you simply hold the brush against each tooth surface and let it do the work which can be more comfortable for your child as there is no need to carry out a ‘brushing’ movement.

Another thing you could try too, that might encourage small children to cooperate; is to have a spare toothbrush to brush their favourite toy’s teeth too.

When should my child wear a mouthguard?

We recommend custom fit mouthguards be worn for all contact sports like boxing, rugby and hockey. And, we would even suggest one for semi-contact and for riding scooters & skateboards.

Damage to your children’s ‘baby teeth’ can be extremely painful, difficult to treat and can cause problems with the eruption and colour of the developing adult teeth beneath.

My child's tooth got knocked, what do I do?

If the tooth falls whole, place it in a glass of milk and seek an appointment with a dentist immediately. It’s important that you don’t try and clean the tooth, especially the root, leave that to your dentist to do.

If the tooth is knocked, but not broken or visibly chipped it is important for you to schedule a dental exam as soon as convenient so that the vitality and health of the tooth can be assessed and monitored.

When should my child see an orthodontist?

While teeth can be straightened at any age, the ideal time to have this corrective treatment is during the early teenage years, when the teeth and jaws are still developing. A good indication of the right time is when almost all of their ‘baby teeth’ have been lost and replaced by adult teeth.

However, early intervention may be required if there is a severe discrepancy in the top and bottom jaws, or there is lots of crowding, or you think some teeth are missing. You can book an orthodontic consultation early to keep the issues under review or to have intervention treatment.

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