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When should I bring my child for the first dental visit?

Children should visit a Dental Professional by their first birthday. Children who have established a "dental home" early are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care. They are also more comfortable and relaxed at the dentist as they get familiar with the environment and the people dealing with them.

 

How often should my Child visit the Dentist?

It is recommended that your child visit the dentist every 6 to 12 months depending on their risk to dental decay.

Establishing good habits early, both dietary and hygiene, will offer the best chance for a decay-free childhood. Children respond very well to routine and repetition. Introducing them to the dental environment early will allow us to develop, trust and eliminate the fears and anxieties most our patients' parents had as children.


Preparing your Child for their First Visit

 

Our aim is to make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be prepared by yourself prior to their first visit so that they are somewhat familiar with our practice and procedures that will occur on the day, we advise you take our tour with your child so they are familiar with our surgery and our Staff.

 

Please download our Welcome Pack for more important information on your Childs first visit!

 

It is our primary goal to make each visit pleasant and comfortable and our entire staff is dedicated to making your child's visit fun. It is always easier to prevent problems than to have to do corrective treatment and it must be our united objective to work together for your child's best interests. Each child is different and we will treat your child according to their individual needs and with input from their parents.

 

You can contact us on (02) 9810 3044 for more information.

 

 

 

Welcome Pack New Patient Form

 

 

FAQ

 

When will my Baby Start Getting Teeth?

Teething, the process of baby (primary) teeth coming through the gums into the mouth, is variable among individual babies. Some babies get their teeth early and some get them late. In general the first baby teeth are usually the lower front (anterior) teeth and usually begin erupting between the age of 6-8 months.

 

When should I start brushing my baby's teeth?

You should start cleaning your child's teeth as soon as they appear. A small, pea-size dab of fluoride toothpaste can be used. On outer and inner surfaces of the teeth, place toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and start along gum line; use gentle, short, strokes against the gumline. On chewing surfaces, hold the brush flat and brush back and forth.

 

When should I floss my child's teeth?

Flossing daily removes plaque and food particles between teeth and below the gumline. You should start flossing your child's teeth even when they have only their primary teeth, especially their teeth have no or minimal space between them. You will have to help your young children to floss as many children do not have the manual dexterity of manipulate the floss.

 

Are x-rays safe?

Radiographs (X-Rays) are a vital and necessary part of your child's dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed.

 

Radiographs detect much more than cavities. For example, radiographs may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. Radiographs allow us to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you.
We recommend radiographs and examinations every six months for children with a high risk of tooth decay. On average, most dental professionals request radiographs approximately once a year for moderate risk children, and once every 2 years for low risk children.

 

Pediatric dental professionals are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of their patients to radiation. With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. The risk is negligible. In fact, the dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem. Lead body aprons and shields will protect your child. Today's equipment filters out unnecessary x-rays and restricts the x-ray beam to the area of interest. High-speed film and proper shielding assure that your child receives a minimal amount of radiation exposure. Many dental offices are utilizing digital x-rays that further reduce radiation by 50%

 

When Will My Baby Start Getting Teeth?

Teething, the process of baby (primary) teeth coming through the gums into the mouth, is variable among individual babies. Some babies get their teeth early and some get them late. In general the first baby teeth are usually the lower front (anterior) teeth and usually begin erupting between the age of 6-8 months.

 

When do the first teeth erupt?

Children's teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first primary (or baby) teeth to erupt through the gums are the lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 primary teeth usually appear by age 3, the pace and order of their eruption varies.
Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until approximately age 21.

 

Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or up to 32 including the third molars (or wisdom teeth).

 

Why are baby teeth so important?

It is very important to maintain the health of the primary (baby) teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important for (1) proper chewing and eating, (2) providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position, and (3) permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (canines and molars) aren't replaced until age 10-13.

 

What should I do if my child is in pain?

Teething: Everyone is familiar with teething when the baby teeth erupt. Children will also get teething pain when the permanent first molars erupt (around 6 years of age) and when the 2nd permanent molars erupt (around 12 years of age). Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications help keep teething discomfort to a minimum.

 

Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris. If the pain still exists, contact your child's dentist. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. To keep your child comfortable, pain relief may be sufficient until your child is able to see the dentist. If the face is swollen apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately.

 

Swollen, red gums, inability to eat: This is most commonly primary herpetic stomatitis, a viral infection that usually has a two week course. Contact your child's dentist to verify the diagnosis. Keep your child hydrated with cool drinks, Popsicles and soft bland diet. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications is usually sufficient to keep your child comfortable. If your child has a medical condition, your child's dentist may also prescribe antiviral medications.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to hospital emergency room.


What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a tooth? (add somewhere here to download our emergency sheet)

The important thing is to remain calm. Find the tooth/fragments if possible.

 

Knocked Out Primary Tooth: Do not attempt to replant. Keep it light hearted and show your child enthusiasm that the tooth fairy will be coming early! Your child should still be seen by their dentist to assess any effects to neighbouring teeth.

 

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing your child's saliva or chilled milk. If your child is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in his/her mouth. Your child must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

 

Fractured Teeth: Find any tooth fragments. Check to see if there is any pulp exposure. Look for pink or red dots in the fractured area. Your child must see a dentist immediately particularly if it is a permanent tooth. If there is no pulp exposure, timing is not as crucial however your child's teeth will be sensitive and should be seen by their dentist.