Child's Dental Visit

It is recommended to have your child's first dental visit as early as possible. ADA recommends that it's time for your baby to see a dentist when their first teeth appear or when they reach 12 months of age.

The first visit can be quite informal and start with having their baby teeth counted using a dental mirror, a gentle polish with a small brush or even having a child observe their parent have their teeth checked. As the child's confidence grows your dentist will carry out a more thorough examination. 

 

Not only early visits to the dentist help to prevent holes in the teeth or gum disease, but they allow children to familirise themselves with the dental surroundings and leave with a positive experience. Having a bad experience at a dentsit can lead to dental fear and anxiety which can negatively impact on their oral health for life. 

At Mildura Family Dental we are caring and gentle with all of our patients, so bring your kids along with you to your next check-up. 

The check up

The dentist will look at the following:

  • Which teeth have come through the gums

  • Checking for cavities in the teeth

  • Looking at the gums and how well they brush their teeth

  • As the child gets older we will assess how they bite together to check if orthodontics are required later on

Preventive care advice​ and treatment

  • If your child is prone to tooth decay in their baby teeth your dentist may recommend fluoride treatment as this helps to strengthen the tooth surface.  Then as the adult teeth erupt through the gums, it may be advised that a protective layer is painted onto the tooth's biting surface, which is called 'Fissure Sealants'.

  • Brushing techniques

  • Healthy diet advice

 

How to take care of your child's teeth

Oral hygiene starts as soon as your child's first tooth erupts through the gum, this is around six months of age.

  • Use a small and very soft children's toothbrush and a pea sized amount of children's tooth paste as this contains less fluoride than an adult one.

  • Brush twice a day, cleaning the teeth and the gum area. You will need to clean your child's teeth or supervise until they are around 8 years old.

  • Encourage your child to spit the toothpaste out but not to rinse with water as this reduces the effects of the fluoride.

  • Do NOT allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle of milk or any fruit juice as these have hidden sugars which will pool around the teeth as they sleep and can lead to cavities.

  • Limit the amount of sugars in your child's diet. If they do have sugary snacks and drinks keep them to meal times only and give water and healthy snacks in between.