11 Things To Know About Children’s Dentistry
As a trusted children’s dentist, our River City Dental clinic often supports young children and families on their journey to a strong and healthy smile. Our team believes that good oral health is critical at all ages, but especially for little ones who are still developing and creating good habits.
1. It’s a good idea for children to start attending a dentist by the age of two, or when their first tooth erupts.
This will give your dental professional an opportunity to assess their gums and predict the possibility of issues arising in the future. It will also keep you updated on relevant dental advice as your children age. Should your child require more specialised treatments, our team can refer to a local paediatric dentist.
2. A welcoming and positive dentist can make all the difference to how your children experience their dental appointments.
Naturally, many children face ‘dental anxiety’ and don’t look forward to visiting the dental professional. The best dentists for children are those that are patient, experienced and gentle. Our dentists enjoy offering children a safe and comfortable environment for their dental care.
3. It’s up to you to be a good role model.
When it comes to good oral hygiene practices, kids need a role model to look up to. As their parent, it is important that you follow all the best advice on oral health to encourage the same from your children. That means brushing twice per day (the brushing should take at least two minutes), flossing daily and seeing your dentist near you every six months for routine checkup and cleans. It is also important for your oral health to maintain a healthy diet. Make healthy food choices by choosing foods that are low in sugar and encourage your children to drink water and avoid high sugar beverages such as soft drinks, cordials, fruit juices and sports drinks.
4. It’s okay to book an appointment ‘just in case’.
You can’t possibly know everything there is to know about dentistry – especially when you’re not a dentist yourself! Therefore, it’s a good idea to visit the dentist whenever your child is experiencing unusual changes or extreme discomfort and pain. Our dental may be able to accommodate emergency dental appointments if your family needs an assessment immediately.
5. Orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry may be available for children in our clinics.
Should your children require or desire teeth straightening or cosmetics, there are a range of solutions available in our clinics. Most dental professionals won’t recommend these solutions until your children have reached a certain age (usually once their adult teeth have come through, at a minimum), but you can discuss the options with your local dental specialist and bear them in mind for years to come. Referrals to orthodontic specialists can be arranged if orthodontic treatment is recommended for your child.
6. Regular appointments may reduce the likelihood of dental issues in the future.
Preventative dentistry is important to keep your children’s oral health optimal and avoid any problems occurring further down the line. Our dentists recommend that your children visit a local dental clinic every six months to get a dental checkup and clean. Your dental specialist may recommend your child have fissure sealants, which are protective coatings that cover and protect deep grooves and pits in the back teeth. Because they prevent food from becoming trapped in teeth while also providing a smoother surface for cleaning, they can significantly reduce the risk of decay and the need for fillings.
7. Some tooth pain is normal, but unbearable pain could be a problem.
As your children lose their baby teeth and their adult teeth begin to erupt, it is sometimes normal for them to feel some aching or discomfort. Unfortunately, just like all growing pains, it is part of growing older. However, serious pain, bleeding or swelling could be an indication that something isn’t right. In this case, you should visit your dentist and have them review your child’s mouth to ensure there are no infections or abnormalities. Alternatively, they may be able to suggest ways to manage the pain.
8. Alternate payment options are available for families.
Consultations and routine clean appointments at our dental clinic are very reasonably priced. If you are experiencing financial distress and need an affordable dentist, it is important that you shop around and find a dental clinic that suits your requirements rather than avoiding the dentist all together. At River City Dental, we encourage you to discuss your particular financial circumstances with us to see if we can be of assistance. We are able to provide treatment for children who are eligible for the Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS). Please ask us about this when making your appointment.
9. Mouth guards are an important asset for protecting your childs teeth.
Many dental professionals can agree that children who engage in high contact sports should wear a sturdy mouthguard to protect their teeth. At your next dental appointment, be sure to discuss this with your dentist and seek their guidance on the best mouthguards for your kids if they are playing contact sport. A custom fit mouthguard provides much greater protection than an off the shelf mouthguard.
10. Back to back appointments may help your children feel more comfortable at the dentist.
Children who experience dental anxiety may benefit from having their appointment at the same visit as you. This way, they can see you having your consultation and know what to expect during their own. Chat to the River City Dental team to see if we can accommodate a back to back appointment for your family in our dental clinic.
11. Change is to be expected.
In their younger years, children may inevitably experience much development and change in their mouth. Having a trustworthy and friendly dentist to guide them through each stage of their oral development can help both yourself and your child to feel assured, prepared, and confident and help pave the way for a healthy smile and positive dental experiences for the rest of their lives.
To book an appointment with our family dental clinic in Brisbane, contact River City Dental today.