|At Ocean Dental we care for your child. All our dentists are absolutely child friendly.|
Your child’s visit to the dentist should be as happy and stress free as possible. Our child friendly dentists are happy to help you learn more about what you can do to prevent decay for your child.
The best time to take a child for their first dental visit is as soon as they get their first few teeth. This makes children feel comfortable in the dentist chair and prepares them for a lifetime of good oral hygiene.
Remember, leaving a child’s first visit until they are in pain will create a negative impression of the dentist for your child. We would love to see your family at our clinic.
Children should start to visit the dental practice as young as possible, so bring them along with you to your check-ups. They may be too young for an examination but the visits helps to familiarise them with the surroundings, the smells, noise and most important they meet the dentist.
The examinations will be informal to start, a quick look using a dental mirror. Counting the teeth and looking for signs of decay. As the child’s confidence grows your dentist will carry out a more thorough examination.
|The check up – The dentist will look at the following |
- Which teeth have erupted (come through the gum).
- Accessing the development of the jaw.
- Looking at the soft tissues (tongue, cheeks, lips and throat).
- Checking for cavities in the teeth.
- As the child gets older we will assess the how they bite together to check if orthodontics are required later on.
|We give advice on preventive care|
- Healthy diet.
- Brushing techniques.
- Fluoride treatments if necessary.
- Fissure sealants if there’s a high risk of cavities developing
How to take care of your child’s teethOral hygiene starts as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts through the gum, this is around six months of age.
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 gum, it may be advised that a protective layer is painted onto the tooth’s biting surface, which is called ‘Fissure Sealants’
- Use a small and very soft child’s toothbrush and a rice sized amount of children’s tooth paste. As this contains less fluoride than adult tooth pastes; if you are unsure about the fluoride content please speak to your dentist or health visitor.
- Brush twice a day once in the morning and before bed, 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, formula milk or any fruit juice as these have hidden sugars which will pool around the teeth as they sleep, leading 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.
Do I Really Need to Worry About Baby Teeth.They Fall Out Anyway…
|Your child’s ‘baby’ or primary teeth are very important – even though eventually they will be lost and replaced by ‘adult’ or permanent teeth. By the age of 3, your child will have all 20 primary (baby) teeth. Decay in the primary teeth can mean your child may tend to develop decay in the permanent (adult) teeth.|