ABOUT CHILDREN DENTISTRY
Making a visit to the dentist fun and establishing good habits for life.
Children Dentistry is a very essential aspect of early age prevention of any decay in children teeth, it’s important to keep kids educated about their oral health.
Children are very welcome at Spring Orchid Dental. From our highly experienced children’s dentist and hygienists that put your child at ease, to our DVDs, iPads, party bags and toys that make your child look forward to a trip to the dentist!
Spring Orchid Dental prides itself in developing life long relationships with our patients, starting from infancy. We firmly believe in building lasting relationships with our patients and their families. We’ve got a great team of children’s dentists, hygienists and staff that make visiting the dentist fun!
We recommend you bring your child with you from an early age, preferably when their first tooth starts to appear. This can be done when attending your regular appointments. This way your child becomes accustomed to coming to the dentist and becomes familiar with the surrounding environment.
When they’re old enough they will have a ride in the chair, have their teeth counted and eventually have an comprehensive examination and their teeth cleaned. The age with which your child will be comfortable doing this is very individual.
As they get older our hygienists are experts at teaching your child how to look after his/her teeth and will help to establish good habits for life.
As soon as teeth appear, a baby toothbrush with tap water should be used at night after the last feed. Children’s (low fluoride) toothpaste can be introduced at 18 months and brushing should increase to twice daily by 3 years of age. As their manual dexterity is still developing, children require assistance with brushing and flossing until about 8 years of age.
Yes. We are happy to see children, in fact, many of our younger patients are now parents themselves and bring their children to see us as well. We see many family members who go back several generations. We firmly believe in building lasting relationships with our patients and their families. We’ve got a great team of dentists and staff to make coming to the dentist fun.
The general industry recommendation is every 6 months, and this is particularly true while the teeth and mouth are still developing.
At what age do I start bringing my child to the dentist?
The Australian Dental Association recommends a child’s first check-up at 1 year of age. We recommend you bring your child with you from an early age preferably within 6 months of the first tooth appearing. Often young children are not very cooperative at that age, but they can still be brought along to parents’ appointments to gain familiarity with the environment.
Initially, this can be done when attending your regular appointment. This way your child becomes accustomed to coming to the dentist and, when they’re old enough, have a ride in the chair and see pictures of their teeth on screen.
From around age 3 years most children are cooperative for a full check of the teeth.
Early dental visits are essential to preventing dental problems. Starting at an early age when no treatment is needed also helps to form good dental habits and reduce the risk of dental phobias developing.
It is important to check your child’s teeth at home. If you notice any abnormalities such as white patches, dark spots or holes in the teeth then please book an appointment for assessment.
Our dentist and hygienists will be able to assist you with tips and tricks to assist you to clean your child’s teeth and as they get older, develop the right habits to clean their teeth themselves. Different children respond to different tactics so you may need to experiment. There are a number of smartphone apps available that may assist in making brushing fun.