At what age should children first visit the dentist? How can you help to make it a positive and enjoyable experience? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the first visit should be around one year old, or six months after the first tooth comes through. If at all possible, take your child for their
It’s time to take your child to visit the dentist. Do they really need to see a different dentist than you? How do you choose the best dentist for your child? What is a Paediatric Dentist? Paediatric dentists, sometimes called pedodontists, are the paediatricians of dentistry. They specialise in dental care for children, from babies
Maybe you have just found out that your child has one or more cavities in their baby teeth? It is normal for parents to have concerns and questions. In this blog, we hope to give some answers and reassurance about fillings for baby teeth. Children can develop tooth decay soon after their baby teeth come through.
In Part 1 we discussed the benefits of fluoride and the risks of over-exposure to fluoride. Fluoride can be useful in strengthening teeth and protecting them from decay, if used in the right way. As we discussed in the previous section, there is a risk of dental fluorosis, or mottling of teeth, if children swallow
Many parents are confused about fluoride. Is it good or bad for children? What are the risks and benefits of fluoride? In this blog post we will answer these and other questions. What is fluoride? Fluoride is the 13th most abundant element on the earth’s crust. It is found naturally in rocks, soil,
I am concerned about the way my child’s teeth are coming through but they still have some baby teeth. Is it too early to see an orthodontist? Many people have the opinion that it is not worth visiting an orthodontist before all the baby teeth have fallen out. This is because, the traditional fixed (train-track
Is thumb sucking normal? At what age does it become a problem if my child has not stopped the habit?
In the first part of this blog we discussed finding a child-friendly dentist and how to help your child before an appointment. Maybe you have a dental appointment approaching. How can both you and your dentist make things easier for your child during their visit? How can the dentist help my child? Taking things one
Do you dread taking your child to the dentist? Are you worried about how your child will behave? Do you put off visiting the dentist until your child has toothache? Maybe you are anxious yourself and don’t know how to help you child overcome their fears? In this two part blog we will look at
What is a Pulpectomy? Pulpectomy is the name given to root canal therapy for baby teeth. This is required when decay or injury to a tooth has caused infection of the nerve. The aim is to keep the tooth until the correct time for it to fall out. I have been told my child needs
Children learn by copying important adults in their lives. This is a natural process by which children learn about the world around them. Your behaviour, expressions and reactions will usually have a greater impact on your child than what you say to them. Parents have a unique position of influence in their children’s lives,
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, despite also being preventable. Is dental decay a contagious disease? Is it possible to catch it from someone else? In a previous post we discussed what causes dental cavities. To summarise, bacteria (germs) in our mouths convert sugar in food and drink that we consume