It’s important to establish good oral hygiene from an early age. This will set your child up with a lifetime of beneficial dental habits, and prevent early childhood caries and lay the foundation for optimal health throughout life.
At Sydney CBD Dental, we encourage children as young as 1 year of age to be brought along to the dentist; even if they’re not ready for a dental assessment. This helps your little one to become familiar with our dental environment and establishes a positive relationship with our dental team.
We recommend you arrange your child’s first dental assessment when their first tooth erupts. A consultation gives our Oral Therapist and dentists the opportunity to evaluate gum health, tooth progress and detect potential problems early on.
These consultations will become more thorough as your child grows in oral development and confidence. We will eventually monitor erupted teeth, jaw development, commence professional cleaning and apply fluoride treatments as needed.
Our dental team places a strong emphasis on preventative care and education. We will happily teach your child good oral practices and equip you with the necessary skills to clean and care for their teeth at home.
Good oral hygiene habits and dental care start at a young age. Established early, positive lifestyle habits like regular brushing and flossing, coupled with periodic visits to the dentist, extend well into adulthood. Both the at-home as well as professional oral care regime is crucial for a child’s dental progress.
This is true even during the child’s formative years, at around 6-7 months, when the milk teeth start to arrive. In fact, many dentists recommend parents to bring their children in for their first dental visit at this early juncture. The purpose of the maiden visit is typically to familiarize the child with the clinical environment.
When the child reaches two and half years of age, by which time all the primary teeth would usually have erupted, the dentist may begin fluoride treatments as the first line of defense against the development of cavities. The application of topical fluoride helps to protect the teeth against harmful acid from penetrating the outer enamel layer and causing tooth decay.
Besides preventing tooth decay and cavities, regular dental visits are also essential for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of other common childhood dental problems like gum disease, bite problems (malocclusions) and bad breath (halitosis). By scheduling regular dental check-up and cleaning sessions for your kids, you are really investing in the long-term health, function and beauty of your child’s smile – before it is too late, which may then require more patient-involved treatments.
Tooth decay is caused by sugar-feeding germs known as mutans streptococcus. When your child consumes too much sugary foods and drinks, their teeth attract the bacteria, which in turn, produce acids that destroy the teeth’s protective layer (enamel) by stripping away its calcium. Along with plaque – the yellowish film that sticks to teeth – the bacteria attacks the surface of the tooth, causing it to collapse and result in a cavity.
Most, if not all, children develop cavities – even though some may be more susceptible than others. This may occur at any part of the early stages of their dental development. This is why, in addition to monitoring their home oral care regime, it is vitally important to bring your child to see the dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleaning.
During the comprehensive dental checks, the dentist would be able to detect the presence of plaque and tartar and administer proper cleaning techniques to remove them before they develop into cavities. Should the dentist detect early onset of small cavities, they can be treated using minimally invasive techniques like regular filling.
Another prevalent dental ailment affecting young children is that of gum disease. Gum disease refers to the inflammation of the gingiva or soft tissue surrounding the teeth. Similar to cavities, the inflammation is also caused by plaque and bacteria, when they grow and spread below the gum line. Left untreated, early-stage gum disease (gingivitis) can advance into periodontitis and severely damage your child’s tooth, thereby requiring extraction or leading to eventual tooth loss.
Your child’s best defence against gum disease is to go for regular dental checks. Early stage gum problems can be treated with minimally invasive methods, while delayed treatment may lead to complex dental procedures and even surgery.
Tips for Better Brushing: Brushing your teeth thoroughly for two minutes twice a day, is an absolute must to effectively remove plaque and bad bacteria from your teeth.
Contact Sydney CBD dental today to schedule a dental assessment for your child. Managing their teeth and alignment early can prevent future problems from occurring after their secondary set of teeth erupt. If your child is fearful or uncooperative, our specially trained team can quell their nerves or recommend gentle sedation dentistry. That way your child can receive the dental treatment they need in fewer visits.
We believe at Sydney CBD Dental that it is if great importance in making your child's first and future dental visits as positive and enjoyable as possible.
We recommend your child's first dental visit be when they have their first baby tooth. Most children will have their baby teeth between 2-3 years of age. Around 18 months to 2 years is a good time to start to get your child comfortable with the dental environment.
We encourage you to accompany your child into the surgery on their initial visit with us to discuss any dental concerns you may have and so the dental therapist can discuss your child’s oral health with you. However, for the following visits we try to instil independence and a sense of achievement in your child by acknowledging that they are “old enough to go to the dentist” on their own. This will also allow the dental therapist to develop a rapport with your child and undertake the planned treatment in an environment your child is comfortable in.
Fissures are the grooves on the biting surfaces of back teeth. Often if these grooves are deep, food and bacteria can be trapped and this can lead to decay.
Modern preventative dentistry now allows us to flow a white or clear sealant material into these grooves to seal them, providing excellent protection. Sealants do not harm the tooth and are ideally placed in childhood when a vulnerable tooth has just erupted into the mouth.
This procedure involves minimal intervention (surface preparation only) without the need for any injections.
Children will lose their primary teeth as they grow and develop and they will be replaced with permanent teeth. It is of importance to ensure that good oral hygiene practices are established early from childhood as this will carry through adulthood.
When infection and decay occurs in primary teeth, not only does it cause discomfort and pain for both kids and their parents, but can also have an effect on the developing permanent teeth. This can lead to problems as the teeth maturely grow and erupt into the mouth. Early decay and loss of primary teeth can lead to crowding, misalignment and can even affect jaw development, facial shape and proportions.
We recommend a check-up every six months in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your paediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.
There is very little risk in dental X-rays. Paediatric dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which your child is exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed films are used to ensure safety and minimise the amount of radiation.
At Sydney CBD dental we offer our patient free parking. Parking is located at Wilson Car Park (Angel Place), 123 Pitt Street. We will validate the ticket on your way out.
We offer finance options for your convenience. We know that the costly nature of unexpected dental treatment can cause significant stress which is why we offer a variety of payment plans through Smile Choice and accept health funds.
Sydney CBD Dental along with Dental Care Network ™ is offering the Corporate Dental Program which provides you with the exclusive benefit of 10% off all dental treatments at our practice. This offer is redeemable if you are an employee of one of our partnered corporate programs. Contact our team to discuss joining.
We understand that some patients avoid visiting the dentist for fear of pain or traumatic experiences in the past. At Sydney CBD we can alleviate your concerns by offering pain-relief and sedation options to help make your experience as comfortable as possible.