Our dentists are gentle with children, and take extra time to work through treatment with them.
To help ensure oral health and a lifetime of good oral care habits…
- Limit children’s sugar intake.
- Make sure children get enough fluoride, either through drinking water or as a treatment at the dentist’s office.
- Teach children how to brush and floss correctly.
- Supervise brushing sessions and help with flossing, which can be a challenge for small hands.
Babies – “Baby bottle tooth decay”
- Wipe gums with gauze or a clean wash-cloth and water after feeding. When teeth appear, brush daily with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
- Put your child to bed with a bottle of water, not milk or juice.
This is not a concern until about four years of age or when permanent teeth appear; after this time, it could cause dental changes to toddlers.
Fear of the dentist
If your child is fearful of the dentist – we have some tips to help overcome this fear.
- If your child is only small, hold your child in your lap during the exam and try and make the entire experience as fun and relaxed as possible.
- Bring your child in for a ride in the chair when you come in for your active maintenance appointment (examination and clean) to get them used to visiting the dentist.
- Let your child bring their favourite teddy bear to hold. We can check teddies teeth too.
- Don’t worry if your little one will not let us look in their mouth the first time. We try and make their visits as enjoyable as we can.
Difficulty creating an oral care routine
- Involve the whole family – brush together at the same time each day to create a good habit.
- Give children healthy snack options, like carrots and other fresh vegetables, plain yoghurt, and cheese.
- Limit soft drinks and juices. Drink plenty of water.
- Try and be a good example to your children with your own oral health routine.
Key preventative measures to preserve oral health through childhood include:
- Fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel and resist decay. This may include fluoride supplements in areas where drinking water is not optimally fluoridated. Be sure to ask your dentist about supplements to determine if they are needed.
- Dental sealants to provide a further layer of protection against cavities. Sealants are made of plastic and are bonded to the teeth by the dental team.
- A fun oral care regimen to help encourage children to brush more regularly. Such as a tooth brushing chart.