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The children born this century will be lucky enough to have among the most healthy teeth that children (and adults) have ever had in human history and, if well looked after, will keep their owners happy and trouble free till the end of their lives! This is a remarkable advance that we often fail to recognise as equal to the improvements in longevity.

  • Prevention - we advise on a continuous program of instruction in dental health specially tailored for children;
  • Encouragement - we teach all young patients how to brush and floss their teeth effectively and make sure they feel rewarded for doing so;
  • We create a relaxed and caring environment.

Parents often ask us when they should first bring their children to the dentist.  Our answer is always the earlier the better, because familiarity with the environment provides a sense of comfort and security, resulting in confident young visitors. Regular check-ups are necessary to ensure good oral hygiene and a healthy mouth?.

The first dental appointment is all about understanding your child’s dental health and helping parents learn how best to help children achieve good oral health. This includes dietary advice. We will recommend the correct toothbrush and toothpaste to use, or if teething, how to make baby comfortable as the first teeth come through.

Tips for your Children’s Teeth

  1. Brush at least twice a day. The best time to brush teeth is about 30 minutes after meals. Choose a toothbrush with a small head for better access to back teeth. Soft bristles are kinder on your gums. (Before breakfast is perhaps more practical for the morning routine, but brushing before going to bed is most important.)
  2. Use fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride helps to harden tooth enamel and reduces your risk of decay.
  3. Brush thoroughly . Tooth brushing should take between two and three minutes, with focus and care.
  4. Limit acidic drinks like soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices . Food acids soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes (cavities or caries). In severe cases, teeth may be eroded right down to the gum. It is also better to wait at least 30 minutes after drinking and eating to brush teeth. Never brush immediately after drinking acidic juices and foods.
  5. Limit sugary foods. Bacteria in dental plaque metabolise sugars into acids.
  6. Protect your teeth from injury. Wear a mouthguard or full-face helmet when playing sports.
  7. Try to save a knocked out tooth. If possible, hold the tooth back in place while you seek immediate dental advice. If this is not possible, wrap the tooth in plastic or place it in milk and seek dental advice immediately.
  8. See your dentist for regular check-ups. You should also visit your dentist if you have a dental problem such as a toothache or bleeding gums.

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Treatments for Children

We take great pride in seeing our young patients grow up with beautiful, healthy teeth and gums. The treatment we provide for children include:

  • Regular Check-ups and reinforcement of technique
  • Reinforcement of benefits of disciplined oral care regime.
  • Fissure Sealants
  • Orthodontics assessments
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Fillings
  • Treatment for damaged and broken teeth

Our overall goal is to work with you and your children to develop and follow-through on a dental plan that will lead to a lifetime of health teeth and smiles.

Early education and appreciation of dental care will prevent fillings and tooth loss.