Caring for their oral health from the very beginning
Teaching children about the importance of oral health sets the foundation for the rest of their lives. Our team provides your children a full range of services that can be tailored to meet the specific needs of growing children. We enjoy treating and educating our younger patients as we wish to set a solid example of the techniques and methods they should employ as they grow older.
A common question parents ask us, is what the best age is to bring in their child for a check-up. Here at LARA dental, we recommend from the age of two years old or when their first tooth appears. This is because we wish to monitor the development and progress of their baby teeth as they grow. This way, we are able to predict their growth patterns and monitor and prevent any potential problems. Therefore, regular check-ups are crucial for your child’s development as they are more prone to decay and the most likely way to catch symptoms is by regular check-ups. We recommend you bring your child in every 6 months. A great way to stay on top of this is to book your own appointment concurrently with your child’s.
Our check-ups include a general assessment of the entire mouth and teeth to look for any signs of abnormalities or changes since the previous appointment. We will also carry out a thorough clean to remove any tartar build-up.
One of the most common problems we see in our younger patients is decay. This is because their enamel is softer than it is in permanent teeth. The main issue with this is that baby teeth serve a more important purpose than simply maintaining the appearance of their smile. In fact, they are necessary to hold spaces for their adult teeth. Therefore, their future smile and jaw development will be compromised if the baby teeth fall out too early or are decayed.
Tooth decay can occur for a number of reasons:
- Babies who are frequently nursed are more susceptible to develop decay issues due to prolonged exposure to milk
- Preschool children are often exposed to sugary, starchy and acidic foods
- Frequent snacking can expose teeth to an increase in acid
If your child is anxious about their dental appointment, we offer options that can put their mind at ease. Contact us today for more information about these offerings.
If you have any questions about children’s general dentistry, or would like to book an appointment, please call us on (03) 5282 301 or fill out our online form.