Paediatric Dentistry: Dental care for children and tips for parents
In this article we are going to look at the topic of paediatric dentistry including dental care tips for children and how parents can help to ensure that their kids’ teeth and gums are healthy.
Let’s start by looking at paediatric dentistry
Paediatric dentistry is a branch of dentistry that deals with the oral health of children. It is also sometimes referred to as paedodontics or paediatric dental care.
Paediatric dentists are specially trained to deal with the unique oral health needs of children. They are able to provide preventive, restorative and interceptive dental care for children of all ages, from infants and toddlers through to adolescents.
What are some of the common problems that paediatric dentists treat?
Paediatric dentists commonly treat a range of dental problems in children, including:
– tooth decay
– gum disease
– mouth injuries
– cleft lip and palate
– teeth grinding (bruxism)
– thumb sucking
At what age should a child start going to the dentist?
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children should visit a dentist within 6 months of their first tooth eruption, or by 12 months of age, whichever comes first.
Why is it important for children to see a dentist?
There are a number of reasons why it is important for children to see a dentist. Early dental visits can help to:
– Prevent tooth decay and cavities
– Detect any problems with the teeth or gums early
– Give parents guidance on how to care for their child’s teeth
– Help children to feel comfortable and familiar with the dentist and dental procedures
What can parents do to help ensure their child’s oral health?
There are a number of things that parents can do to help ensure their child’s oral health:
– Encourage them to brush their teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste
– Help them to floss their teeth daily
– Limit sugary snacks and drinks
– Take them for regular dental check-ups and cleanings
By following these simple tips, parents can help to ensure that their child’s teeth and gums are healthy and that they have a positive experience at the dentist.
If you are concerned about or would like to ensure your child’s oral health, please call us on 07 5591 3260 or book an appointment.