Start Good Habits Early!
Baby teeth do not last forever, but starting a good oral health routine is so important in establishing good habits which last a lifetime.
Starting visits to the dentist from an early age will get your child accustomed to the dental environment and help them to get to know their dentist.
Here at Cottage Dental, we believe in supporting the parents in educating their child around good dental health.
Contact us now to book your child's first dental appointment at Cottage Dental in Earlwood.
Taking Care of your Child's First Teeth
Your child's first teeth will usually start to come through at between 6 and 9 months. Teething can be a stressful time for both the child and the parents and we can help advise you on the best course of action.
From the age of around 2, your child will need to start a brushing routine. Use a soft brush and a small amount of toothpaste to clean around all of their teeth and gums until they are able to do this by themselves.
Giving your child gradually more responsibility around the care of their teeth encourages them to think about all areas of their oral health, which they will carry through into later life.
For more on children's dental health, check out our pro tips here.
Dental Procedures for Little Ones
Unfortunately, early childhood cavities are becoming more and more commonplace. By bringing your child on regular dental visits, we will be able to advise on the prevention and treatment of tooth decay as early as possible. These treatments may involve:
Topical Fluoride - Fluoride is added to drinking water and toothpaste because of its enamel-strengthening properties. With this procedure, we apply small amounts of fluoride concentrate onto your child's teeth for greater protection.
Dental Sealants - This is a plastic coating that we fit over cracks or ridges to prevent cavities from developing. Young enamel is less resistant and therefore more susceptible to tooth decay.
Bonding - Children can easily chip or lose teeth whilst playing. We can apply plastic bonding to repair the damage to baby teeth or adult teeth.
Root Canal - Unfortunately even baby teeth sometimes need saving in order to prevent problems with adult teeth further down the line.
After the age of around 7, we will be able to see whether your child might need braces or other treatment to fix any misalignment.