Good dental care is a fundamental part of healthy living and we believe that setting your child up with a good oral hygiene routine is one of the most important things you can do for their future health.
Sure Dental is your children’s dentist in Brisbane
At Sure Dental, our experienced professionals are passionate in connecting with our younger patients in a caring way. We have skilled oral health therapists who are trained specifically to care for children, and will ensure their experience is a positive one. We recommend you bring them in for a visit early on so they can familiarise themselves with our practice. Around six months after your child’s first tooth erupts is a great time to bring your child into Sure Dental. But did you know that you can look after your baby’s oral health before their first tooth has erupted? By wiping their gums after meals and drinks, and avoiding sugary consumables, you will help maintain healthy gums that can positively affect the growth of their primary teeth. This in turn helps the growth and development of their adult teeth.
The importance of primary teeth
Although primary teeth are only present during early childhood years, they play an important role in the development of your child’s smile and long-term oral health. They help with:
- Protecting developing adult teeth
- Preventing jaw bone loss and gum deterioration
- Supporting the development of jaw and facial structure
This is why it is highly important to promote good dental care from the beginning. When the first baby tooth erupts, make sure you brush it with a very small amount of age-appropriate toothpaste to help keep it clean. From this stage on, you should help and supervise the brushing of your child’s teeth until they reach the age of seven. Until this age, children usually don’t have the manual dexterity or the control to brush effectively and reach all teeth, and will need your help.
Maintaining your child’s oral health
With a good diet plus brushing and flossing every day, you can help your child maintain good oral health. Limiting the number of times children eat during a day to three meals and two snacks will help protecting their teeth from too much acid exposure. Sugary foods and sweet drinks should be limited to only special occasions. Regular visits to the dentist can prevent decay and gum disease, as well as monitor oral hygiene, dental development and the potential need for orthodontic treatment. We recommend that both you and your children come in for a dental examination every six months.