Give your child a head start to a healthy smile for life through paediatric dentistry
It’s important to make sure your children grow up with strong teeth and healthy gums by making sure they know to clean their teeth daily and visit the dentist for regular dental appointments.
Starting early will ensure your child has plenty of time to develop good oral hygiene habits to keep their teeth clean and cavity free. It’s especially important during this time of their life when they should be focusing on growth and development.
When should children first go to the dentist?
It’s recommended to bring your child to the dentist at around their first birthday, or within six months of their first tooth erupting. Make sure to bring them at least before the age of two
During the first check-up, our dental team will be able to assess the growth and development of your child’s teeth, allowing us to catch any of signs of early decay.
Visiting the dentist early will also allow your child to become comfortable at the dentist and hopefully remove any fear or apprehension around visiting the dentist. Make sure to always speak positively about the dentist around your children.
Why children’s dentistry is important?
It’s important to look after your child’s baby teeth as they help to get the jaw ready for adult teeth, by promoting healthy development of speech and chewing abilities. Baby teeth are important for the future development of healthy teeth, gums and bite.
Bringing your child to the dentist will help prevent cavities, tooth decay and diagnose any malocclusions or bite misalignments earlier.
Reasons to bring your child to the dentist often include:
Children learn why it’s important to maintain a healthy smile
Your child will get used to visiting the dentist
Routine check-ups help your child’s mouth to stay healthy
Dentist provides education on oral development
Your child will get to know the dentist and feel comfortable in the new environment
Bad habits for your child:
There are a range of habits that children may do or start doing which can have detrimental impacts on the healthy development of their jaws and bite, including:
Sucking on a baby bottle at night
Thumb sucking after the age of 5
Pacifier sucking after pre-school age
Biting their fingernails
Playing sports without a mouthguard
Sucking on lollies
Using their teeth to open packaging
Brushing their teeth roughly
All these issues can either cause tooth decay, enamel erosion, breakages to the teeth, misalignments or even incorrect development of the jaw. At Oracare we can help your child stop these issues if they are a problem, as we want your child to grow up with strong and healthy teeth.
Have you heard about the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS)?
At Oracare, Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) patients are welcome in the practice. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is a service from the Australian Government which looks to provide young Australians with access to the dental health that they deserve.
The CDBS assists eligible children between the ages of 2-17 years old with the payment of dental services including check ups, professional cleans, root canals and tooth extractions. The program allows eligible children to get up to $1000 in general dentist services paid for over the course of two calendar years.
For more information on the CDBS, please visit the Australian Government’s CDBS page.
Get children’s dentistry in Cleveland QLD
If you are looking for a family dentist, then Oracare in Cleveland is the practice for you. Our passionate dentists love taking care of the littlest of smiles and making sure they grow up to have good oral health. Please contact us today and book in for an appointment.
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