Nurturing the Growth of your Family’s Smile

Nurturing the Growth of your Family’s Smile

A lifetime of good oral health begins during infancy, even before the first teeth emerge.

Parents who are engaged with their child’s dental health can more adequately ensure that their child’s oral care needs are met. From an early age, paediatric dentists serve as partners in oral health and prevention of dental problems, answering questions and providing helpful information about teething and at-home oral care.

When should I bring my child to the dentist?

Our recommendation is that young patients begin visiting us no later than their first birthday. By this time most children already have a first tooth. Thereafter they should continue to visit the dentist periodically to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. We are here to help children appreciate the value of good dental health habits, as it sets them up for better dental and overall health later in life.

Did you know?

Did you know that 2 in 5 children have at least one cavity by the time they go to kindergarten? Shocking right! In fact, early childhood cavities can appear shortly after the first tooth appears. Unfortunately, once a baby has developed tooth decay, he or she is more likely to develop additional cavities over time.

Infants and babies

Infants do not have teeth to brush or floss. However, they do have gums that should be cleaned gently with a damp cloth each day.

Once the first tooth emerges, an age/size appropriate toothbrush with a small smear of toothpaste can be used to carefully brush and prevent the build-up of plaque. At ages 2 to 3 you can begin to teach your child to brush, making sure to brush where they miss, and also that they do not swallow any toothpaste.

What’s the best way to brush your infant’s teeth?

  • Brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth, top and bottom
  • Hold the brush flat on top of the teeth and brush the chewing surfaces
  • Gently brush the tongue and roof of the mouth to remove debris
  • Floss between teeth daily

Cavities

Most cavities are caused by a lack of brushing and a diet that is high in sugary foods. Many cavities can be prevented by an improvement of both diet and dental hygiene.

Some tips for cavity prevention:

  • Limit frequency of meals and snacks
  • Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing
  • Drink water between meals
  • Avoid sticky foods
  • Make treats part of meals
  • Choose nutritious snacks

Our staff are dedicated to the oral hygiene of every child because we know how important it is to establish good dental care at an early age. Along with the regular brushing and flossing you do at home, your dentist can also help prevent decay by using dental sealants and fluoride varnish treatments sealants to prevent cavities. We love to keep parents informed and involved throughout the entire process!

Emergency Dental Services

More than 1 in 3 kids will experience a dental emergency during childhood or adolescence. Often, these dental emergencies are caused by injury to the teeth, gums or soft tissues of the mouth. A dental trauma can occur at any point during childhood. Children are most susceptible to them during the curious toddler years and during the pre-teen and adolescent years, when kids begin to participate in more vigorous sports.

If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, Sunnybank Plaza Dental provide a full-range of same-day emergency services. We realise through children’s natural curiosity that accidents happen. We want to be there to help! We are committed to providing your child with the quality, compassionate treatment they need and deserve. If you are in need of emergency dental care, please contact our office immediately at (07) 3344 6282 for care and after hour instructions.

Children’s Dentistry, Sunnybank

Our staff are happy to assist you through the process of making the first appointment for your child. We aim to make your child’s experience as comfortable and happy as possible. Simply call our office to speak with one of our helpful staff members, or visit our page sunnybankplazadental.com.au to schedule your child’s visit.