Children’s Dentistry in Perth
Oral hygiene is important in early years to prevent tooth decay and gum disease
Children should start to visit Access Dental Care at an early age. We recommend bringing them along to your own check-ups. While they may be too young to have their own check-up it is a good way to familiarise them with the sights, smells, sounds and more importantly meets the dentist.
At first, the examinations will be informal. A quick look using a dental mirror, counting the teeth and looking for signs of decay. As your child’s confidence grows one of our dentists will carry out a more thorough examination.
Your child’s check-up
During your child’s check-up one of our friendly dentists will look at:
- Which teeth have erupted (come through the gum)
- Assessing the development of the jaw
- Looking at the soft tissues (tongue, cheeks, lips and throat)
- Checking for cavities in the teeth
As your child gets older we will assess how their upper and lower jaw bites together to check if orthodontic treatment is going to be required.
Tips for ensuring your child’s teeth develop properly
Depending on the state of your child’s oral health we can offer advice on:
- The best way to brush your child’s teeth
- Diet tips
- Fluoride treatment (if necessary)
- Fissure sealants it there’s a high risk of cavities developing
How to take care of your child’s teeth
Oral hygiene starts as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, which is around six months of age. To protect your child’s teeth we recommend:
- Use a small and very soft child’s toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. Children’s toothpaste contains less fluoride than adult toothpaste so recommend using this. If you are unsure about the fluoride content please speak to one of our friendly Access Dental Care dentists.
- Brush twice a day, once in the morning and before bed, making sure to clean the gum area as well as their teeth. You will need to help clean your child’s teeth or supervise until they are around 8 years old.
- Encourage your child to spit the toothpaste out but not to rinse with water as this reduces the effects of the fluoride.
- Do NOT allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle of milk, formula milk or any fruit juices. These drinks have sugars which will pool around their teeth as they sleep causing cavities.
- Limit the number of sugars in your child’s diet. If they do have sugary snacks and drinks keep them to mealtimes only and give them water and healthy snacks in between.
- Fissure sealants
If your child is prone to tooth decay in their baby teeth your dentist may recommend fluoride treatment as this helps to strengthen a tooth surface. Then as the adult teeth erupt through the gum, it may be advised that a protective layer is painted onto the tooth’s biting surface—this is called a fissure sealant.
Children’s Dentist Perth
Frequently Asked Questions
The most common dental problems in children are tooth decay, gum disease, malocclusion, tooth sensitivity, tooth abscess, and oral injuries. Practicing good oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular dental check-ups can help prevent these issues.
At your child’s first dentist appointment, the dentist will examine their teeth and gums, discuss oral hygiene habits, provide a cleaning and fluoride treatment if needed, and may take X-rays. They will also give guidance on home care and schedule the next appointment. The goal is to create a positive experience and set your child up for a lifetime of good oral health habits.
X-rays are generally safe for children when used properly and with appropriate precautions. Dental X-rays emit a very low level of radiation, and the amount of radiation exposure is considered safe for children.
Dentists typically take precautions to limit a child’s exposure to radiation during X-rays. This includes using lead aprons and thyroid collars to shield the child’s body and sensitive tissues from radiation and using digital radiography techniques that reduce the amount of radiation needed to produce a high-quality image.
The benefits of dental X-rays for children typically outweigh the potential risks of radiation exposure. X-rays can help dentists detect and diagnose dental problems that may not be visible during a physical exam, such as cavities, gum disease, and issues with tooth development.
However, if you have concerns about radiation exposure or if your child has had a lot of X-rays recently, it’s important to talk to your dentist. They can explain the risks and benefits of X-rays in your child’s specific case, and work with you to develop a treatment plan that minimises your child’s exposure to radiation while still providing the necessary dental care.