There is no minimum age for your child to visit the dentist. At Homebush Dental Practice, we welcome children of all ages and will adjust our treatment and communication to specifically cater to your child. We recommend the earlier the child comes in, the better as it will help them to become acquainted with the staff and the office.
We recommend that you bring your baby for your 6 monthly check up and sit them on your lap for a few minutes so that we can have a quick look inside and make sure there are no signs of any problems.
If your child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule they will receive up to $1000 of treatment every two calendar years from Medicare, if this is the case, please inform us when you book them in so that we can undertake your child’s preventive treatment free of charge.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us today on 02 8084 7242.
Your Child’s Oral Health
Contrary to popular belief, baby teeth require just as much attention and care as adult teeth. Teeth are important in babies and toddlers for eating and chewing as well as for speech. Teeth are an essential aspect of speaking and pronouncing words properly. Primary teeth can get dental decay and if untreated this can lead to pain and abscesses. If primary teeth are extracted prematurely due to dental decay, this could affect the way the permanent teeth are positioned.
It is vital that your child gets regular dental check ups and cleans in order to identify and manage any dental issues before they become a bigger problem.
We recommend an initial check up when the first teeth erupt, and no later than 12 months of age, followed by regular check ups (your child’s dentist will advice you of the required frequency of check ups).
Early Childhood Caries is when a child under the age of 24 months has fillings or missing teeth due to decay. It is preventable with good oral hygiene and habits but is the most prevalent chronic childhood disease.
Tips to help your toddler maintain optimal oral hygiene:
- Breastfeeding is best for babies
- Don’t put baby to sleep with a bottle
- Water is the best drink for toddlers. Give fluoridated tap water to make the teeth stronger. Fluoride assists in remineralising teeth so that early decay can be reversed.
- Plain milk is a healthy choice for children
- Health meals and snacks are important for healthy teeth
- Start cleaning baby’s teeth when they appear (6 months)
- Brush and floss daily to remove any food particles or bacteria stuck between the teeth.
- Be aware that diet affects dental health. The frequency of consumption of cariogenic foods (foods that have a potential to cause decay) will affect the health of your child’s teeth. Talk to us for more information on what foods and drinks are best to maintain healthy teeth.
- We recommend that the mothers get regular check ups as well. If the mother has active decay, she can transfer the decay causing bacteria to her infant. For the same reason, we recommend that you minimise saliva sharing behaviours such as sharing spoons with the baby – especially if you have active decay that has not been removed by a dentist.