Bring them in early

We recommend bringing your child to the dentist around the age of 3

Oral Hygiene Is Important in Early Years to Prevent Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Oral Hygiene Is Important in Early Years to Prevent Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

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 check-ups. While they may be too young to have their check-up it is a good way to familiarise them with the sights, smells, sounds and more importantly meet 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

Here Is Why Milk Teeth Are Significant For Children

Creates Space for Permanent Teeth

1. Creates Space for Permanent Teeth

Creates Space for Permanent Teeth

Milk teeth set the foundation for the permanent tooth to come out in the right direction and in due course, develop a proper jaw. The permanent teeth sit beneath them, waiting for the correct time to erupt. If poor oral health causes the milk teeth to fall early, the child may have the problem of crowded teeth. Some children may also have to face delayed formation of permanent teeth.

Speech Development

2. Speech Development

Speech Development

Teeth help in the formation of words by controlling the airflow of the mouth. Without milk teeth, it wouldn’t be possible for them to speak any words.

Chewing

3. Chewing

Chewing

Digestion begins at the mouth! For food to be digested properly, it should be chewed before swallowing and sent to the stomach for digestion. Adequately chewed food allows the absorption of nutrition in a better way. A healthy set of milk teeth will help the child eat and digest their food. Good digestion of food promotes overall good health.

How to take care of your child’s teeth

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.

How to take care of your child’s teeth

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.

What is the Cost of Child Dentistry at Perth?

What is the Cost of Child Dentistry at Perth

What is the Cost of Child Dentistry at Perth?

Timely dental check-ups help in the prevention of serious oral diseases which may otherwise be expensive to treat. General dentistry usually starts from $50 onwards to $7.5K. However, there are different factors that may determine the cost of child dentistry. If there are certain oral treatments that your child may require, our dentist will give you an estimate about the cost of the treatment recommended. We will explain everything about the treatment and cost in the consultation session.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common dental problems in children?

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.

What happens at your child's first dentist appointment?

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

Are X-rays safe for children?

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.

Children’s Dentist Perth

If you would like to know more about the children’s dentistry treatments at Access Dental Care in Perth, book an appointment, please contact us.

Perth CBD

Bull Creek

East Perth

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Perth CBD

Level 7, 140 St Georges Terrace,
Perth, WA 6000, Australia

Bull Creek

64 Bull Creek Dr
Bull Creek WA 6149, Australia

East Perth

Suite 104, 128 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6004,  Australia.