Morphett Vale Dental Care is a Family Practice. We enjoy treating the entire family from children to grandparents. Whilst we usually recommend that we start seeing children for their first visit at around 3 years, we like to educate mothers during pregnancy on how to prevent dental problems for their child as soon as they are born.
Oral health is critical for your child’s growth and development, general health and self-esteem. Visiting the dentist at an early age is important in order to identify any problems in your child’s jaw growth and development as well detecting any early signs of poor oral hygiene and decay. It also helps them to develop a positive relationship with the dentist and hygienists from an early age, setting them up for a lifetime of good habits.
When your child is around 2 years old, you can begin using a “pea” size amount of children’s toothpaste when brushing their teeth, and when the gaps between your child’s teeth close, it is important to start flossing.
Serve as a good role model by practising good oral health care habits yourself and schedule frequent dental check-ups for your family. Remember that the bacteria which cause dental decay can be transmitted between family members so make sure everyone attends their appointment to prevent decay spreading through the family, and don’t share toothbrushes.
Check your child’s mouth regularly for signs of swollen, bleeding or reddened gums.
There is evidence to make us believe that a contributing factor in the progression of periodontal disease in young adults may be caused by a lack of oral hygiene motivation we had as children. Those people who maintained good oral health habits leading up to their teen years are more likely to continue brushing and flossing than children who were not taught proper oral care.
If your child has orthodontic braces, food and bacteria can become trapped a lot more easily, this may increase their risk of decay, and they will need to be especially thorough when cleaning. It is important that your child still see our hygienist while they are undergoing orthodontic treatment to help maintain good oral hygiene and prevent decay during this time.
When To Come In
We like to see children in our office at approximately 3 years old. On your child’s first visit, they will meet with one of our dental hygienists and we make sure it is a fun adventure for them. Your child may not sit in the chair on their first visit and that is OK, trust takes time. They may feel more secure on your lap where we count their teeth together. Some children bring a teddy to join in on the fun, and most importantly we have an ample supply of stickers balloons and toothbrushes to hand out which helps to ensure your child has a positive association with the dentist and hygienist especially on their first visit.
It is recommended that your child should have their first set of x-rays to show between their teeth when the contacts between the baby teeth close, this is a hidden area where plaque collects and decay may start.
“Why not bring your child in with you while you have your teeth cleaned. This introduces them to the dentist in a relaxed and safe environment. We will provide plenty of toys and activities to keep them occupied.”