At Thompson Road Dental, we have a strong focus on prevention. We are a family dental practice; 30% of our patients are children, so you can be assured that we have a lot of experience in paediatric dentistry.
It is highly recommended that we start seeing children as early as 2-3 years of age or when all the baby teeth have erupted, so we can help prevent a lot of the problems we see in adults. Our dental team encourages children to develop a positive dental approach which will lead them to a brighter, healthier future. We are devoted to providing a nurturing, caring, and educational atmosphere for children. It is for this reason that parents in Cranbourne and neighbouring suburbs visit our dental clinic.
Children’s Dental Services
A Child’s First Dental Visit
Children’s first dental visit should be scheduled around his/her first birthday. The most important part of the visit is getting to know and becoming comfortable with our practice, dentists, and staff. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put your child at ease during future dental visits. On your next visit to our practice, allow your child to sit on your lap while you are having your teeth cleaned.
Generally, your child’s the first tooth appears between six to twelve months old. Gums are sore, tender, and sometimes irritable until the age of three. Rubbing sore gums gently with a clean finger, or a cold, wet cloth helps soothe the gums.
While your baby is teething, it is important to monitor the teeth for signs of baby bottle decay. A bottle containing anything other than water and left in an infant’s mouth while sleeping can cause decay. When awake, saliva washes away the liquid. During sleep, the saliva flow significantly decreases.
Why Primary Teeth Are Important
Primary teeth are important for several reasons. Foremost, good teeth allow a child to eat and maintain good nutrition. Healthy teeth allow for clear pronunciation and speech habits. The self-image that healthy teeth give a child is immense. Primary teeth also guide eruption of the permanent teeth.
Good Diet and Healthy Teeth
The teeth, bones, and soft tissue of the mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five food groups helps minimise cavities and other dental problems. Most snacks that children eat cause cavities, so children should only receive healthy foods like vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and cheeses which promote strong teeth.