We believe in preventive dental care and encourage our patients to bring their children to the practice from an early age. Ideally, your child should go the dentist by his/her first birthday, but it’s generally fine to wait until 2 or 3. Putting it off any longer than that, however, increases your child’s risk for having to deal with plaque buildup or cavities at her first visit.
Although some parents assume that because baby teeth will eventually fall out there’s little point in caring for them, this is a huge mistake. Even though you can’t see them, your child’s permanent teeth are developing under his/her primary ones and it’s important to have a dentist check to see that everything in your child’s mouth is developing normally. Aslo, treating a child from an early age also allows the dentist to spot early signs of underbites, cross bites or overbites developing. As with most things, the sooner you can start to treat it, the quicker it can be resolved.
Therefore, regular check-ups, ideally every six months, and preventive treatments can do a lot for your children dental health. There are number of preventive treatments that we do but most common are:
- Fluoride applications are a safe and effective way to safeguard your growing child’s teeth from developing decay. The fluoride is painted onto the surface of the child’s teeth and this helps to mineralise the teeth.
- Fissure sealants are tooth coloured and applied to biting surfaces of children’s teeth to prevent decay.
Studies have shown that the younger the age that you bring your child to the dental practice, even if just for a check-up, the more likely they are to have a positive experience and grow up not to be afraid of the dentist. Our team will take special care of your child to make them feel safe and cared for.
Prevention is always better than cure so call the practice today to make an appointment for your child.