Good oral health starts early
Setting good oral health habits in childhood plays an important role in the dental well-being of your child as they grow. Healthy baby teeth are critical to comfortable eating, appearance, speech, facial growth and social well-being.
Here are our recommendations:
Caring for baby teeth
Brushing should begin as soon as the first tooth erupts.
First 18 months – Brushing without toothpaste
18 months+ – Brushing by parents with a grain size toothpaste
3 years + – brushing by parents with Pea-sized toothpaste
For infants, breast milk or infant formula should be the main drink. When your toddler has reduced breastfeeding or formula, full fat cow’s milk and water are recommended as the best drinks. Water should be the main drink as they grow. Fruit juice, cordial, soft drinks and flavoured milk are not needed.
To reduce the occurrence of early tooth decay, it is crucial that your child’s bottle and sippy cup only contains milk and water. You should avoid sweet drinks.
Protecting the Baby Teeth
Daily brushing with fluoride-containing toothpaste plays a pivotal role in preventing tooth decay.
Twice a year application of specialised fluoride varnish by the dentist reduces decay occurrence by one-third.
Most often decay starts in the grooves of the back teeth. Fissure sealant is a protective coating that stops food and bacteria from getting into these grooves.
Tooth mousse is a special cream with calcium that is applied to the teeth daily. It helps to repair early tooth decay and reduces its occurrence.
Silver Diamide Fluoride
SDF liquid is painted on the decaying area of the tooth to stop it from progressing.
Dummies & Thumb sucking
Continued use of dummies or thumb sucking can have detrimental effects on the growth and development of the jaw and face. Such habits in toddlers are normal. However, as they grow older, these habits need to be discouraged. Dummy and thumb sucking can result in narrow palate, narrow upper jaw, smaller lower jaw, dental crowding and open bite. Also, it can impact nasal breathing. Initially, children should be encouraged to stop the habit with rewards and praises.
An early visit to the dentist is an important part of caring for your child’s dental well-being.
At the first visit, we focus on
∗ creating a fun and enjoyable experience for your child
∗ Providing information to parents
∗ discussing your child’s dental health and good oral habits
∗ assessing the likelihood of your child developing decay in their baby teeth
∗ Fluoride varnish application
Child Dental Benefit Schedule
If your child is aged 2-17 years, they may be eligible for free dental care under Medicare. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is a Medicare sponsored dental benefits program for eligible children aged 2-17 years for basic dental care. Dental care covered includes examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and tooth removal.
How do you know if my children are eligible?
- You may have received a letter from Medicare
- You receive Family tax benefit A or other government payments
- Children age 2-17
- Contact us at Alexandra Dental Clinic to check your eligibility