Your children’s dentist in Brisbane
The question most often asked is “when should kids start going to the dentist?”
There are two answers: when the first tooth erupts, or when they reach two years of age. Their first tooth can erupt any time after 6 months. So, it really is up to you as a parent if you feel comfortable bringing a six-month old baby to your dentist.
Whichever age you do choose to bring your child to the dentist, we advise you bring them before their seventh birthday. By having their baby (milk) teeth assessed your Dream Smiles dentist can assess their oral health and ensure they stay on the right track.
Cavities in baby teeth
It is a common misconception that because baby teeth fall out it’s not too big a deal if they get cavities. There are a few reasons why this is wrong. The biggest reason is how important baby teeth are to your child’s development. Baby teeth help with speech development, bite and preparing your mouth for adult teeth. If the health of baby teeth is adversely affected by decay this can cause damage to their adult teeth.
In fact there have been cases were decay in baby teeth have spread, and adult teeth have erupted with complications—sometimes they don’t erupt properly which either requires orthodontic work or extraction.
Want to give your child the best chance of good oral health for life?
There are a few things you can do for your child in infancy to help put them on the right track for good oral health. When they are a baby, it’s a good idea to wipe their gums down with damp cloth after feeding. This prevents any sugars or bacteria seeping through the gums and affecting teeth that haven’t erupted yet.
Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice or milk. The sugars in these will settle on their gums and can cause decay for teeth which haven’t yet come through.
When your child does get their first tooth, you should start cleaning that too. All you need is a tiny amount of toothpaste. No more than a pea-sized amount. Gently clean their tooth and their gums and ensure they rinse their mouth.
Dream Smiles is your preferred children’s dentist in Sunnybank, Brisbane
When you bring your child in for their first visit, we will take them for a ride in the dental chair. The goal of their first visit is to familiarise them with the practice, so they know it’s a normal thing. Ideally, you can bring your child when you have your appointment. This way they can see that even their mum or dad has to visit the dentist.
For information about children’s dentistry, or to request an appointment, contact Dream Smiles Sunnybank today.
Frequently Asked Questions about baby teeth
Oral care is important at all ages – even before your baby has teeth! Cleaning your baby’s gums using some gauze and warm water is sufficient.
Allowing your child to choose their own toothbrush often encourages them to look forward to brushing their teeth. Giving your child plenty encouragement and praise when doing so is also a step in the right direction.
Yes. These baby teeth set the blueprint for permanent teeth and taking care of them will also ensure gum health. Teaching your child to take care of their milk teeth will also result in good oral habits that will be carried through when they are older.
To find out more about children’s dentistry please contact us today.