Would you like to help your child build an oral health programme that will last a lifetime? We believe that with our help your child can learn the value of looking after those tiny teeth.
You are never too young to start looking after your teeth, and it is our goal to teach your child how to do so correctly. With our team of preventative dental nurses, dental hygienist and the dentist, each child’s programme is customised for their needs. We look at your child’s age, developmental abilities, and work with them in a fun, engaging and educational way.
What your child eats affects his/her teeth – a diet rich in carbohydrates, sugar, and starches can potentially result in tooth decay. Healthy food choices include vegetables and cheeses for snack time, and sticky, chewy foods like dried fruits should be avoided. Sugary snacks, juices or soda should be avoided and, if consumed at all, limited to meal times. Dietary choices have a great impact on the health of your child’s teeth.
Brushing is key to maintaining healthy teeth – not only does it remove remnants of food, but dental plaque as well. Dental plaque is comprised of bacteria and metabolic waste products. The bacteria multiply rapidly and form a sticky mass that adheres to the teeth and produces aggressive acid. This acid attacks the enamel and initiates the decaying process. We highly recommend:
- Brushing at least twice a day – after breakfast and before bedtime.
- Brushing all the teeth, not just the front ones, and spending at least 2 or 3 minutes brushing using age appropriate fluoride toothpaste.
Children’s teeth can grow in a tightly crowded manner, causing an increased risk of tooth decay between adjacent teeth, known as approximal caries. These interproximal spaces are too narrow for the toothbrush, and create a trap where bacteria can hide. To prevent the development of approximal caries it is important that you start flossing when your child is 4 years old.
Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of the teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. Cavities, also called tooth decay or caries, are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks, and insufficient or irregular cleaning of the teeth. Tooth decay is among the world’s most common health problems.
Decay can be symptom-free and may only be identified by your dentist during a routine examination. If decay is already visible in the mouth and your child is experiencing pain, then it has likely reached deeper levels, and your child should see the dentist immediately.
The technical term for teeth grinding is bruxism. It is a natural habit for babies to initially grind their teeth, typically while they are asleep. Therefore, if you hear teeth grinding noises you should not be overly concerned. However, teeth grinding should stop when all milk teeth have erupted. If your child still grinds during the night at the age of five or older, we recommend seeing your dentist.
Bruxism can be triggered by several factors, such as a misaligned bite, or as subconscious pain relief for the teeth or ears. Frequently, bruxism is caused by stress, such as changes in the domestic environment or school-related problems. A relaxed calm evening routine, and discussing daily problems with your child can help to reduce the grinding in these cases. In general, bruxism should stop during puberty; if not, then a night guard is needed to prevent teeth getting worn down.
Our goals for children are:
- Have fewer cavities and gum infections
- Have more self-confidence and improved self-esteem
- Be prepared for dental treatments
- Have parents who are more involved
- End up with fewer dental-related phobias
- Gain a positive dental outlook that lasts a lifetime!