With a gentle touch, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to excellence, we make dental visits a positive experience for every child.
When should I start bringing my child to the dentist?
Laying the groundwork for lifelong oral well-being starts in childhood. We advise parents to schedule their child’s inaugural dental check-up either by their first birthday or upon the appearance of their initial tooth, whichever occurs sooner. Starting early lets us spot and tackle potential problems before they escalate.
What are paediatric dental screenings?
A paediatric dental screening involves a thorough examination of your child’s oral health to detect any abnormalities or potential problems. This includes examining the teeth, gums, jaw, and bite. Screenings are essential in detecting early signs of cavities, misalignments, and other dental issues, ensuring timely interventions.
What happens during a routine checkup for children?
Routine checkups with Dr Emil Jansen are designed to be child-friendly and stress-free. Here’s what you can expect during a typical visit:
- Dental Examination: Our skilled team will examine your child’s teeth, gums, and overall oral health.
- Cleaning: We will gently clean your child’s teeth, removing plaque and tartar to prevent cavities.
- Fluoride Treatment: Fluoride treatment may be applied to strengthen tooth enamel.
- Education: We focus on educating our children and parents about good oral hygiene practices ensuring optimal dental health at home.
How often should my child have a checkup or cleaning?
Children should come in for regular dental checkups and cleanings every six months like adults. Regular visits ensure early detection of potential problems and help instil a routine of oral care from a young age.
What are some of the conditions relating to childhood dental diseases?
Due to their dietary habits and oral hygiene practices, children are often susceptible to certain dental conditions, including:
- Dental Cavities: These are common in children, especially those who consume sugary snacks and beverages.
- Thumb Sucking: Persistent thumb sucking can lead to teeth misalignment.
- Gum Disease: Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum infections.
- Tooth Grinding: Some children grind their teeth at night, leading to wear.
Our team is well-equipped to address and manage these conditions, offering guidance and treatments as required.
Dental Sealants for Children: An Extra Layer of Protection
One of the most effective measures available in paediatric dentistry is the application of dental sealants. Let’s delve deeper into understanding the role and benefits of sealants for children’s oral health.
What are dental sealants?
A sealant is a plastic material applied on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The resin flows into the grooves of the teeth, and once the pits and grooves are covered, food and plaque cannot get in. The sealant forms a barrier against acid attacks that promote cavity formation.
The first and second adult molars are the adult teeth most susceptible to cavities. These teeth have deeper pits and grooves that trap plaque and bits of food. Being the most posterior teeth, these pits and grooves are hard to keep clean because toothbrush bristles cannot get into them. However, any tooth with grooves or pits may benefit from sealant placement.
How does the sealant application process work?
During a single visit, either Dr Emil Jansen or the Oral Hygienist prepares the teeth for sealant placement and then brushes the sealant onto the teeth’s chewing surfaces. A special light may be used to help the sealant harden.
Make sure your child still brushes and flosses daily and keeps their regularly scheduled checkups. Although sealants are an excellent adjustment to your child’s preventive oral health plan, poor hygiene and severe grinding may cause them to wear and chip. They may need to be reapplied to protect your child’s teeth.
Maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home
Promoting good oral hygiene habits from a young age is crucial for lifelong dental health. Here are some ways children can maintain their pearly whites:
- Regular Brushing: Encourage children to brush their teeth twice daily using fluoride toothpaste.
- Flossing: Teach your child the importance of flossing daily to remove debris between teeth.
- Healthy Diet: Minimise sugary snacks and drinks. Instead, choose tooth-friendly foods like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.
- Regular Rinsing: Using water or an alcohol-free mouthwash can help reduce bacteria and maintain freshness.
Our practice aims to treat, educate and foster a love of dental health in every child. Schedule an appointment with us today, and let us be part of your child’s journey to a healthy smile!