Family Kid's Dentist, Hawthorn East
Children’s Dentistry (CDBS)
Paediatric or children’s dentistry is specially dedicated to treat the oral and dental problems of children.
At our clinic, we treat children of all ages. We also provide guidance on good oral hygiene habits which are helpful in preventing dental problems in later years.
You may be surprised to know that caring for children’s dental health and hygiene begins even before they start teething. You should ideally schedule a dental visit for your child at around 6 months of age to get a good start to oral health. This helps them become familiar with the sights and the smells at the dentist.
Common dental problems seen in childhood
Cavities are as common in children as they are in adults. Some children love to eat sweets and sugary drinks, especially the fizzy ones. These foods usually leave deposits in the teeth and if they are not removed, cleaned regularly they react with the dental enamel and create cavities and dental erosion.
Lack of proper hygiene causes bad breath or halitosis in children. Besides this, gum diseases and digestive problems are also are known to cause bad breath. If your child suffers from bad breath it is a good idea to bring them in for a dental visit.
This is a very common problem seen among children. Many kids grind their teeth while sleeping. It is a common developmental problem and must be addressed at the earliest because it can otherwise lead to dental wear and muscular pain.
Poor oral hygiene is the most common reason for gum disease. Plaque formation due to lack of oral hygiene can cause inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis.
Children can also experience other dental problems like overcrowded or misaligned teeth. Childhood is the right time to treat orthodontic issues to give your child a perfect smile and a healthy set of teeth.
Our dental clinic provides services in all the above categories. We take care in providing a friendly and comfortable atmosphere for children.
Significance of dental care in children
Start caring for your child’s teeth even before the first tooth erupts. Keep the baby’s gums healthy and clean. Wiping gums with a soft cloth will help remove any food debris. Children are also vulnerable to baby bottle tooth decay. Wean children from this by giving them lot of water to drink at night instead of fruit juices or milk. Under no circumstances should you leave a bottle in your baby’s mouth and let them go to sleep.
As they grow older, introduce different types of food into their diet to help development. Encourage them to eat healthy food, including lots of fruits and vegetables. Help them develop good oral habits like brushing and flossing. Discourage all day grazing, and all-day snacking. This reduces the time that food or drink is in contact with your child’s teeth. Reduce sugar exposure on your children’s teeth, eat all sweets/treats in one hit, at once, rinse with water afterwards or brush thoroughly after consumption. After brushing with toothpaste, spit do not rinse, this leaves the fluoride in toothpaste on your child’s teeth longer for added enamel protection.
Low sugar teeth friendly snack options for children include: