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What age should I bring my child to the dentist?

It is recommended that children have their first dental visit 6 months after the appearance of their first tooth. At this visit the dentist will examine your child’s teeth as well as give you

important information on how to care for their teeth and avoid dental decay. We have a strong focus on prevention. It’s good to start early and avoid problems in the future.

What is the benefit of coming to a Specialist Children’s Dentist?

Children are not ‘little adults’ and they have their own special needs. A specialist children's is trained to understand and deal with these needs. Also a children’s dentist provides a more friendly and less clinical environment making you and your child relaxed. We allow more time and through our expertise in dealing with only children we create a friendly caring environment focussed solely on giving your child the best care resulting in healthy teeth for life.

Which toothbrush do you recommend for children- electric or normal?

Either toothbrush is suitable. It is a matter of personal preference. Some younger children can find the power toothbrush fun while others may be a bit scared of it. The main thing is that the teeth are cleaned twice a day with parental help and supervision. We always recommend that your child has a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head – remember- they have small mouths!

Why is fluoride important and when should my child start using fluoride tooth paste?

Fluoride is important as it makes the enamel stronger and more resistant to acid attack by plaque bacteria, therefore it helps decrease tooth decay. We recommend that all children use a fluoride containing tooth paste. Toothpaste use  is recommended from 2 years of age. There are low fluoride tooth pastes for this age group. By 6 years of age children can use the regular strength toothpaste.

What if my child has special needs? How do you cater for them?

Caring for a child with Special needs is a big job. Dental care, especially prevention of tooth decay, is especially important. Our practice has larger surgeries to cater for wheelchairs etc and our staff are trained to give you the care and support you need to get the best outcome for your child.

When do the baby teeth fall out?

Baby teeth first appear at around 6 months of age and by about 2 ½ your child will have 20 teeth (10 on the top and 10 in the bottom). These baby teeth play an important role in oral development, speech and eating. The lower front teeth usually fall out at about 6 years of age. At this time the first adult molar also appears at the back of the mouth. By 8 years of age the eight front teeth have gone and been replaced with adult incisors. The rest of the baby teeth then fall out between 10-12 years of age, progressively being replaced with adult teeth with the appearance of a second permanent molar at the back of the mouth at 12 years of age. The only ones left to come after that are the Wisdom Teeth. These appear between 15-16 years of age.

What do we do when there are two rows of teeth?

Don’t worry! The baby teeth are just being a bit stubborn and the new adult teeth just want to come through! The best option is to get your child to wiggle the loose baby teeth out. By this time, the roots on the baby teeth have dissolved and it is only the gum holding the tooth in place. If your child still can’t get the baby tooth to come out, come along and see us and we’ll give it a hand

Why worry about baby teeth?

Baby teeth are a vital part of the growth and development of your child. They keep space for the adult teeth as the jaws grow, they are important in speech development and of course for eating. A healthy set of baby teeth means that your child will get all the nutrients they need through eating a healthy diet.

What are fissure sealants?

Fissure sealants are a preventive measure to stop tooth decay on the top (chewing) surface of the teeth. The sealant is an opaque resin that fills in all the grooves on the top of the teeth and stops the plaque getting into these hard to clean areas and causing decay

What do I do for a chipped, broken or knocked tooth?

If any of these things occur you need to bring your child to see us. Chipped teeth can be smooth over. If the tooth is broken it will need to be restored. Knocked teeth need to be monitored and sometimes splinted if they are loose.

What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out?

If a baby tooth is knocked out DO NOT try and put it back. The best thing is to give us a call and to give your child pain relief and TLC. When this happens we recommend a visit to make sure all is well.

What should I do if my child’s adult tooth is knocked out?

This requires urgent attention. If you are able to put the tooth back in do this straight away. The sooner the tooth is back in its socket the better chances of its survival are. If you can’t place the tooth in milk and get to a dentist ASAP. We do offer A/H care for patients of the practice. However, in the event that you can’t reach us it is best to take your child to The AW&CH Emergency Department. There will be a dentist on call to help you.

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