Do you know how important baby teeth are? Not only do these teeth help with jaw and speech development, they also assist with the positioning of permanent teeth.
If baby teeth suffer decay and fall out, this often affects the development of adult teeth. This is why it is so important to maintain the health of your child’s teeth.
Many parents don’t know how to care for their children’s oral health before their teeth erupt. But you don’t have to wait for your child’s teeth to erupt before you look after their oral health.
After you feed your baby, we recommend wiping their gums with a damp cloth. This cleans off sugar from their gums and helps with healthy tooth eruption. Another way you can look after their oral health is by not putting them to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. Putting your child to bed with a sugary drink can adversely affect healthy tooth eruption. Ideally, give them water to protect their gums and general oral health.
Once their first tooth does erupt, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to clean their teeth and gums. A child’s first introduction to the dentist should be when they turn one. Although it’s only a short hello when a parent or sibling visits. A child’s first dental appointment is usually when they are 2-2 ½ years or when their molars start erupting.
At Redlands Gentle Dental Care we have a close-knit team of family friendly dentists. We aim to make your child as comfortable as possible while we assess their oral health. Generally speaking, your child’s first visit will just be to familiarise them with the dentist. They will have a quick check to make sure your child’s baby teeth are growing properly. This appointment is often best done the same day you yourself have an appointment. That way your child sees it’s a normal, grown-up thing to do.
The best time for an orthodontic assessment is around the age of seven. At this age, your child’s jaw is still malleable making orthodontic issues much easier to treat. If early intervention orthodontics is a viable option, we will let you know and refer a reliable specialist.
Typically, children don’t need braces until they are in their early teens. This is typically when all their permanent teeth have come through. However, early intervention orthodontics can either negate the need for braces or reduce the extent of the braces treatment later on.
Your child’s teeth are important. The growth and development of baby teeth will affect the growth and development of adult teeth. When kids have sugary food and drinks. We recommend drinking water to rinse the sugar from their teeth. While this won’t completely remove the sugar, it will minimise the sugar’s corrosive effects.
Here at Redlands Gentle Dental Care, we offer the Child Dental Benefit Schedule. This schedule helps families pay for their child’s dental treatment. If you have a child between 2 and 17 and receive benefits like Tax Benefit Part A, you might be eligible for up to $1000 worth of dental benefits per child. This $1000 is for two calendar years. It covers treatments such as:
Other eligibility criteria apply. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider to see if you’re eligible. The CDBS is a great way to help ensure your child has the best oral health. If you would like to know more about the CDBS and how Redlands Gentle Dental Care can help you, please contact us.
At Redlands Gentle Dental Care we offer kids dental treatments such as fluoride treatments and fissure sealants. These help improve your child’s oral health and to ensure they maintain healthy teeth. The best time to start bringing your child to visit the dentist is either around their first birthday. Or otherwise, when their first tooth erupts.
Bringing your child in for dental visits will allow one of our friendly dentists to check that your child’s has good oral health, and their development is progressing normally.