Children’s dentistry is important for every Oakleigh kids’ oral health
Every child responds differently to the knowledge that they are making a first visit to the dentist. For some it is an exciting trip and they feel like they are growing up by having the opportunity to sit in the chair. For others, there can be a bit of anxiety and uncertainty about what is going to happen.
We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality of dental services to patients of all ages – including children. Our friendly and caring team understand the gentle approach needed when working with little smiles and go above and beyond to ensure their experience in our clinic is a positive one. We want your child to experience a lifetime of optimal oral health and wellbeing and are here for them during their most crucial years.
First dentist visit
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
When their first tooth comes through is the time to come in. We like to see children early, so we can spot any early problems, but also so your child can develop a positive attitude toward seeing the dentist, helping to prevent dental anxiety and phobia down the track.
What will happen during their first visit?
We will make sure your child feels comfortable and safe. Our oral hygienists are highly experienced in working with children. Littlies love visiting our therapists for a check-up, as they make their experience both positive and fun. We create a happy experience by giving them a ride on the chair, ‘counting’ their teeth, and rewarding them with a sticker for opening wide.
If they are upset, that’s okay, as we can usually still do a check-up as they open wide to cry! We will also discuss optimal oral health and diet practices with you and answer any questions you may have. At the end of their appointment, children are also given a dental ‘goodie bag’ to take home, complete with all of the oral hygiene necessities they need.
Will my child get a toothbrush when they visit for the first time?
Yes, we have a children’s dental pack for their first visit.
Cleaning children and baby’s teeth
When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth?
As soon as the first teeth come through, you can brush them with a small, single-tufted toothbrush or children’s toothbrush without toothpaste. (Too much fluoride can cause discoloration of the adult teeth known as dental fluorosis.) Once your child is a year old, you can use a smear of children’s or low-fluoride toothpaste. A little more toothpaste can be used once your child can rinse and spit.
When should a child be able to brush their own teeth?
This depends on your child’s confidence and ability. Either way, it is best to go over their brushing yourself while they are still young. Using a timer can help them brush for an effective length of time.
Should I be concerned if my child’s teeth are yellow?
It is always best to visit the dentist if you have any concerns. Milk teeth are usually whiter than adult, but can appear yellow for several reasons. Heavily pigmented foods (berries, soft drink, soy sauce) can cause staining, as can a build-up of plaque from not brushing regularly.
Less commonly, a trauma to the tooth or mouth can damage the nerve and discolour a tooth, or the yellowing can signal dental fluorosis (damage to the enamel from too much fluoride).
Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS)
Your child could be eligible for bulk billed dental care via Medicare. To find out more about this Federal Government scheme and whether you are eligible visit our page about the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS).