At Hyde Park Dental Care in Sydney we can help your child attain optimal oral health for life!
As a parent you play an active role in your children’s oral wellbeing and are the ultimate role model for their dietary and oral hygiene habits.
By setting a good example from an early age, you can help create a healthy routine for your child’s future. Supervising your children while they brush their teeth is a beneficial technique in establishing good oral hygiene. A balanced diet, with children consuming foods from all sections of the healthy food pyramid, can also help to prevent decay while strengthening and protecting teeth.
What is children’s dentistry?
Children’s dentistry is a completely safe technique and will help your child to achieve and maintain oral health. A child’s baby or primary teeth are of great importance. Baby teeth help pave the way for secondary teeth, enhance speaking ability and chewing function.
By visiting Hyde Park Dental Care from an early age you can help to eliminate your child’s fear of the dentist. The friendly staff at our Sydney City dental practice can even make dental appointments fun!
Why are my child’s teeth so important?
Your child’s primary teeth (also known as ‘milk’ teeth) provide a wide range of benefits for your child that go beyond aesthetics. Your child’s teeth also help them to:
- Move air around the mouth in order to form words and enhance their language skills
- Bite and chew properly so they can quickly understand this basic fundamental skill
- Retain proper placement of the teeth so their adult teeth can emerge as they should
This is why it is important to ensure your child’s oral health. To keep your child’s smile healthy during infancy simply clean their gums with a damp clean cloth after every feed. Once your child’s first tooth emerges it is time to start brushing with a child’s toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, and we recommend bringing them in for their very first dental check-up so we can monitor their dental development.
What are baby teeth?
One of the first signs of development is the spouting of baby teeth that fill the space for your child’s permanent teeth to erupt later in life. Typically, there are 20 underlying milk teeth in a newborn baby’s gums that begin to sprout from six months and older. This set of temporary teeth aids eating and speaking until they eventually fall off.
It is important to take care of the baby teeth by maintaining a well-balanced diet that includes a good amount of calcium. Taking care of baby teeth also helps protect against tooth decay, crooked permanent teeth and gum disease later on in your child’s life.
When should a child have their first dental visit?
Don’t wait until your child experiences toothache to visit us. A child’s first dental check-up should begin just after their first birthday or the eruption of their first tooth.
How to care for baby teeth?
A good dental routine includes:
- Brushing twice a day.
- Eliminate your child’s sugar intake.
- Cut down on fruit juices.
- Make sure your child drinks a lot of milk and water.
- Do not allow your child to eat after brushing at night.
- Start flossing when sets of teeth start to appear.
- Visit the dentist every six months.
- Visit the dentist when your child’s first tooth appears.
What should you do in case of injury?
Playing sport, car accidents or even a moment of clumsiness can result in a broken tooth. Although the immediate response is shock, we advise that:
- You try not to swallow the tooth.
- If your child’s tooth falls off, do not try to replant it into the socket.
- Rinse the tooth and place it in a glass of milk.
- Bring your child to the dentist immediately.
How can you prevent dental trauma?
Losing a tooth can be a painful and traumatic experience that is better avoided. Although it is often difficult to put into practice, teaching your child common habits can decrease their chances of dental trauma.
- Teach your child not to push when playing
- Have a mouth guard custom made for when they are playing contact sport
- Get them into the habit of using a helmet when playing sport
- After swimming, teach them to use the stairs to get the swimming pool rather than climbing out as they could easily slip
- Teach them to stay seated when playing on the swing and to avoid standing
- Teach them to watch how and where they walk, keeping an eye out for obstructions
- Do not allow them to develop the habit of using their teeth as a bottle opener
- Make sure that they use protective gear when they are roller-skating or ice-skating.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule
Under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, Medicare offers $1000.00 every two years to cover basic dental services to eligible children between the ages of 2 and 17. At Hyde Park Dental Care we offer this treatment at no out of pocket cost to you, up to the above limit. To find out if your child is eligible, please contact the Department of Human Services or search Child Dental Benefits Schedule online.