Children’s dentistry – when should you schedule appointments?

Although dental decay is the most common and widespread childhood disease, parents often overlook the importance of scheduling dental appointment for their children. With cavities at epidemic levels amongst children in Australia, it is important to make children’s dentistry a priority. The first dental visit should take place within six months of the first tooth erupting or by the child’s first birthday.

The first dental exam

The first dental examination enables the child’s dentist to teach the parent preventive care as their new teeth come in. The dentist will explain correct cleaning and hygiene techniques; so that a dental care routine can be set in motion to promote the growth and maintenance of strong, healthy teeth without cavities. Attention to children’s dentistry can lead to the avoidance of dental problems later in life.

Follow up visits

Baby teeth or ‘primary teeth’ help your child’s development. They help infants with learning to chew and speak properly and they also reserve space in the gums for permanent teeth. The average child generally has a set of 20 primary teeth by the age of two to three years.

Follow up appointments for the child should be made six monthly to ensure each baby tooth comes incorrectly and that there is no crowding. The children’s dentist/therapist can alleviate any malformation and provide for the entrance of the permanent teeth.

If children have a full set of healthy teeth and there is an indication of the need for braces, parents will be advised on options that may be required in the future to straighten teeth. Sometimes early intervention may be possible so regular check-ups can aid in minimizing overall treatment plans long term.

Proper diet and hygiene prevent cavities

During the toddler years when a child is developing the capability to look after their own teeth, parental support in providing a proper diet and a dental hygiene routine at home is important. Attending dental appointments for examinations cleans and advice in conjunction with a proper diet and home hygiene routine is the optimal combination for healthy teeth and preventing cavities.

Should you wish to schedule a dental appointment for your child, please be in touch with our friendly reception staff.