Maintaining your child’s oral health is vital in their formative years, as tooth decay and gum disease are more prevalent in younger mouths. Regular appointments with your dentist allows him or her to diagnose any potential problems well before they can prove to be hazardous to your child’s oral hygiene.
It is of the highest importance that your child regularly visits the dentist at the earliest age possible, and the easiest way to ensure this is by bringing your child along to your own dental check up. Certain ages aren’t suited for comprehensive examinations, however it allows the child to familiarise themselves with the dental practice and your friendly dental surgeon, avoiding the possibility of them being scared in the future.
Your dentist, when examining your child’s mouth, will look for the following things in the first appointment:
- Which teeth and how many have completely erupted from the gums
- Assessing jaw development
- Inspecting the health of gums, tongue and throat
- Inspecting for any cavities in your child’s teeth
- Assessing how the upper and lower portions of the jaw bite down together, determining whether orthodontics may be required at a later date
Eve Dental can pass on our expertise and happily advise you on the following aspects of your child’s oral hygiene:
- Healthy diet
- Proper tooth brushing technique
- Whether any fluoride treatments are necessary
- Fissure any sealants if cavities are prevalent.
Tooth care is required the minute the child receives their first tooth (around six months), and you can help educate your child on how to maintain their teeth easily at home by:
- Using an appropriately sized child’s brush and toothpaste.
- Ensuring that they brush at least twice a day, normally once when they wake up and before they go to bed
- Ensuring that your child spits out the toothpaste but does not rinse their mouth, as the water can remove the crucial effects of the fluoride in the paste
- Ensuring that your child does not fall asleep with either formula or regular milk or any fruit juice. These drinks have hidden sugars in them, which will pool in the mouth when your child sleeps
- Limiting the amount of sugars that your child will ingest. Sugar snacks are okay, only if they are accompanied by a heavy meal, such as dinner.
If your child has tooth decay from an early age, your dentist may advise that fluoride treatment is necessary, as this will help to strengthen the surface area of the tooth. When the child starts growing their adult teeth, your dentist may also recommend that you use fissure sealants to preserve the tooths impact surface (where the child will bite down).
If you have any queries regarding fluoride treatments or the care of your child’s teeth, please don’t hesitate to call us on 03-5996-9197. Our staff are very knowledgeable and informative, and can best guide you to ensure that your child’s mouth is healthy and leave them free to enjoy their childhood.