Children’s Dental Treatment
Once children start developing their first set of teeth, it is advisable to start visiting the dentist. Children can stand a better chance of maintaining a healthy set of teeth for a lifetime if they begin visiting the dentist at an early age, preferably when their first teeth develop.
They will also be taught how to take care of their mouth, teeth and gums and prevent their teeth from decaying, getting infections, falling off, breaking and much more.
At what age should my child visit the dentist for the first time?
A child should first visit the dentist when their first few teeth start to grow, which is approximately between the ages of 4-12 months or at least before the child turns two. Thereafter, regular check-ups should be done in order for the mouth, teeth and gums to be monitored as the child gets older.
Children’s dental treatments:
At Murwillumbah Dental, your child’s dental needs and oral health are extremely important to us. We provide a wide range of dental treatments to maintain and protect the health of your child’s mouth, teeth and gums. The treatments we offer help us discover oral issues at an early stage and prevent them from occurring in the future.
Some of our child dental treatments include:
Check-up and cleaning – involves the cleaning and removal of plaque and tartar. It gives the dentist a chance to check for any dental problems and explain the proper ways of brushing teeth to the parent and child. Dental check-ups should be done every six months.
Extractions – are needed when a tooth has decayed or broken off and cannot be saved. It is recommended that the gap from which the tooth was removed should be filled with a space maintainer to avoid complications.
Fillings – fillings are used to repair a damaged tooth, tooth cavity or broken tooth and give support to the tooth.
Mouthguard – this is a dental device that covers the teeth and gums. It is used to protect the teeth from breaking when children are playing sport, skating, cycling or engaged in any activity.
Sealants – this is a plastic coating used to protect teeth that are at back of the mouth which are at risk of tooth decay.
To find out more about other oral treatments we offer or which one is best suited for your child’s dental needs, please book an appointment with us today at Murwillumbah Dental.
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Children's Dentistry FAQs
Yes, absolutely! We offer a range of children’s dental treatments including check-ups and cleaning, which gives us the chance to check for any dental problems and remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. We are also able to perform extractions in cases of severe decay or fractures and can place fillings to repair damaged and decayed teeth. We also provide fissure sealants for children, which are helpful in protecting against decay. We can also provide mouthguards for children who play sport and require protection from dental injury.
No, fissure sealants do not cause any pain. A fissure sealant is simply a plastic coating that is used to protect the teeth that are located at the back of the mouth and which are most at risk of tooth decay. The placement of sealants is both painless and non-invasive. During the process, the teeth are cleaned and any stains are removed before the teeth are sealed. Your child should not feel any discomfort during the process, which is quick and relatively simple.
Fissure sealants are very helpful in protecting the teeth from tooth decay. In fact, the protective coatings are designed to cover and protect hard-to-reach grooves and pits in the teeth and can considerably reduce the risk of cavities. Fissure sealants prevent food particles and plaque from being trapped in the teeth by providing a smooth surface that is easy to clean. If you have young children, we recommend that you bring them in to see us so that we can assess their need for preventative treatments such as fissure sealants.
Yes, absolutely. When we provide our patients with mouthguards, we ensure that they are custom-made. This means that they fit your teeth comfortably even if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment in the form of traditional metal braces. Wearing a mouthguard is very helpful in protecting the teeth from injuries such as breaks, fractures, cracks and chips and we highly recommend them for children and adults who play sports that put the teeth and mouth at risk of trauma. If you would like to have a custom mouthguard fabricated, we encourage you to come in and see us for a consultation where we will take an impression of your teeth.
If you are looking for a mouthguard to protect you or your child from injury during sports, we recommend that you come in and see us so that we can custom-make one for you. While it is possible to purchase mouthguards at pharmacies and sports stores, it is best to have one made at your dental office. This will ensure that it fits correctly and comfortably and that it covers and protects the teeth and gums adequately.
Mouthguards protect the teeth by covering the teeth and gums. They are used to protect the teeth from injuries such as cracks, breaks and chips when one is playing sport, cycling, skating or engaging in any physical activity that puts the mouth at risk of impact and trauma. Mouthguards can also help to protect against serious injuries such as tooth loss and even concussion as they reduce the impact of hard knocks to the jaw and surrounding areas. For optimal protection and comfort, we highly recommend that you have a mouthguard custom-made.
In order to keep your mouthguard clean, we recommend that you rinse it in water after each use. It is also a good idea to brush it with a toothbrush and toothpaste on a regular basis before rinsing it with soapy water. This will ensure that you remove any debris that may have built up on its surfaces.
It is also important that you keep your mouthguard in its protective case when it is not in use. This will keep it clean and free from germs — just make sure that the case is clean and well ventilated. If your mouthguard starts to show signs of wear and tear, consult with your dentist about having a replacement made.