Children’s Dentist Serving in Doncaster East and Narre Warren
Children’s “baby” teeth need great protection,even though they will fall off out eventually but the teeth are very important for chewing on food and language learning. They also help the permanent teeth to grow in the right position.
So, children should start regular dental check-ups to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases. Maintaining proper oral hygiene should begin as soon as the first tooth grows.
Preventive oral care
- Brushing Teeth and Using Dental Floss-Once the child is two years old, you should start using toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth. Rice-sized amount of toothpaste is sufficient. Most children often swallow the toothpaste when brushing their teeth instead of spitting it out. Fluoride-contained toothpaste can be used after they learned to spit out the toothpaste. Once there are two teeth lying side by side, dental floss is needed to clean the tooth gap. Children should use tooth brush with softer brush to prevent damage to teeth and gum tissue.
- Healthy diet- Food that contains sugar staying in the mouth for too long may leads to tooth cavities. Limit the amount of sugar your child take in, drinking drinks with sugar, such as milk or juice, will cause damage to their teeth. The germs that survive on the tooth surface digest food remaining and produce acid substances to erode enamel.
- Fluoride Treatment if necessary- If your child is prone to tooth decay, your dentist may recommend fluoride treatment to strengthen the tooth surface.
- Early Orthodontic Treatment- When the child’s permanent teeth started to grow, the dentist will check if the alignment of the teeth is right, or do the teeth and the lips line up correctly. If orthodontic treatment is needed, it will be the
best time for the treatment for the child’s jaw is still growing.
- Dental Checkup- Children should start paying regular visit to the dentist around the age of two.