Children’s Dentistry Treatments

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.

Introducing your child to MVDC from early age, dental visits will become part of their family routine and will learn that there is nothing to be afraid of, that dental visits are part of life and that they can be very pleasant.

Routine dental visit help stablish healthy dental habits from very young age, it also reduces the possibility of dental anxiety, fear or phobia later in life which can be debilitating and lead to severe problems.

Children's Dentistry in Adelaide

We recommended that their first visit should be around the age of three, this is only for them to become familiar to our practice and our team, not dental treatment is carried out, but is more of a play and a ride on the chair. We suggest, that for your child first visit to be incorporated it with your own check-up, as seeing you have your teeth examined helps them become more relax and happy to have a ride on the chair and have their teeth examine.

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.

What’s involved in a Children’s Dentistry appointment?

We like to see children in our office at approximately 3 years old. On your child’s first visit, they will meet with the dentist, one of our dental hygienists, or an oral therapist, (who has university training on treating kids). 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, regards 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.

During their first appointment, we will be looking at the health of their gums, make sure teeth are coming through in the correct position and timing, we will also look and monitor their jaw and facial bones growth and development as this can indicate possible crowding of teeth, which may indicate the potential needs of orthodontic treatment in the future. We will also discuss sleep patterns, diet habits and begin educating your child about ways to maintain and keep their smile healthy and clean for life.

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.

Caring for your child’s teeth

We believe that, the health of your child’s teeth is a team effort between MVDC and what happens at home. A large part of their dental health involves actively encouraging positive dental habits at home, and we do understand that depending on their age this can be challenging; hence we will have a very detail conversation with you at the end of the appointment, to guide you and give you tools so dental hygiene does not become a home battle. We recommend teaching the importance of brushing twice a day, after breakfast and before going to bed, also introducing flossing as soon as their teeth develop closely together this can happen at any age, (most of the time occur between the ages of 2 and 6). We advise a diet low in sugar and fizzy drinks as well reducing the amount of snacking during the day.

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.

Children's Dentistry

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.

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 every 3 months while they are undergoing orthodontic treatment to help maintain good oral hygiene and prevent decay during this time.

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Children’s Dentistry covers a wide range of services, for children, we recommend parents learn more about preventative dentistry, dental hygiene, and techniques to learn.

Frequently Asked Children’s Dentistry Questions

It is important to introduce oral hygiene as soon as possible, rather than waiting until your baby has their first tooth, we recommend cleaning their gum from day one. When cleaning your baby’s gum use sterile gauze and water, is more about getting them use to having something in their mouth.

Once their first tooth appears, you want to use a toothbrush with very soft bristles & a small brush head. You can find infant toothbrushes in your local chemist & in most supermarkets.

You should get in the habit of doing it twice a day, after breakfast and at night, brushing them during bath time, as this makes it fun and part of their routine.

Remember we lead by example and if your child sees you brush your teeth, they will imitate it and be excited when it’s their turn to brush their teeth. Make sure to make it a fun activity. It is all about setting great habits that will help them maintain a healthy mouth.

Their first dental visit should be around your child’s first birthday. We recommend bringing them to one of your visits, this is so they meet the dentist and the nurses and get familiar with everyone, smells, sounds and also helps create fun memories.
Baby bottle tooth decay is a pattern of rapid decay associated with prolonged nursing. It happens when a child goes to sleep while breast-feeding and/or bottle-feeding. During sleep, the flow of saliva is reduced and the natural self-cleansing action of the mouth is diminished. Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bedtime bottle. Encourage your child to drink from a cup as they approach their first birthday. He/she should be weaned from the bottle at 12-14 months of age.

Thumb and dummy sucking habits that go on for a long period of time can create crowded, crooked teeth, bite problems as well as long term breathing problems. If they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers when the permanent teeth arrive, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your dentist. Most children stop these habits on their own. But if you find you need help please speak to your dentist as there are simples tricks that can be used in order to stop thumb or dummy sucking.

It is recommended that toothpaste with fluoride should not be used until your child is 3 years of age. Before this age use either water or infant tooth paste which can be bought at the chemist or supermarket. (only us a very small amount when using toothpaste)

Seek professional help as soon as possible, either at your local dentist or your pediatric emergency hospital. Comfort your child, rinse his/her mouth with warm salt water and apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth on your child’s face if it is swollen. Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area, but you may give the child, children’s Panadol for pain.

With contemporary safeguards and digital X-rays the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. Even though there is very little risk, pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of child patients to radiation. In fact, dental X-rays represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem.

Mouth guards are a top priority if your child is playing a sport. Mouth Guards protect the teeth, lips and joints from injury. We recommend a custom fitted mouthguard if need help with a custom mouthguard please give us a call.

First of all, remain calm. If possible, find the tooth and hold it by the crown rather than the root.

Replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the dentist.

The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

Sore gums when teeth erupt are part of the normal eruption process in babies. The discomfort is eased for some children by use of a teething biscuit, a piece of toast or a frozen teething ring.

Your pharmacy should also have medications that can be rubbed on the gums to reduce the discomfort. One of the most recommended tooth gels in Adelaide is the “Women’s & Children’s Teething Gel”

But most importantly lots of cuddles and patience, as much as it is distressing to see your baby teeth, this period of their life will pass very quickly. If you and your baby are struggling please seek help.

Usually, the space between these teeth will close over time, but if you are finding there is no change bring you child in for us to have a look.

Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. Some of them are necessary until a child is 12 years old or longer. Pain, infection of the gums and jaws, impairment of general health and premature loss of teeth are just a few of the problems that can happen when baby teeth are neglected. Also, because tooth decay is really an infection and will spread, decay on baby teeth can cause decay on permanent teeth. Proper care of baby teeth is instrumental in enhancing the health of your child.

Four things are necessary for cavities to form —

  • A tooth,
  • Bacteria
  • Sugars or other carbohydrates and
  • time

Dental plaque is a thin, sticky, colourless deposit of bacteria that constantly forms on everyone’s teeth.

When you eat, the sugars in your food cause the bacteria in plaque to produce acids that attack the tooth enamel.

With time and repeated acid attacks, the enamel breaks down and cavities form.

Diet and oral hygiene are the main drivers of tooth decay. If you do not brush often and eat foods with high sugar contents you will be at more risk.

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Hannah Grubb
Hannah Grubb
The women at this practice are phenomenal. I have had fear of the dentist my entire life due to a traumatic experience as a four year old. I finally bit the bullet last month and went to see Karen the hygienist and she made me feel so comforted. Then I met Erika the dentist and she was wonderful also. Yesterday I had restorative work done and for the first time in my life I wasn’t nervous about going to the dentist. I was so relaxed the entire time. Erika has such a calming, relaxed and professional presence. She continually asked if I was ok through each process and I honestly can’t thank her and her team enough. They’ve changed my life in the sense where I no longer feel scared. I actually can’t wait to go back and have my routinely hygiene appointment. WHAT?! ????
Mark Warner
Mark Warner
First visit, I saw Dr Polly for an examination and x-rays and Dental Hygienist Steph for a scale and clean.Very impressed with the service. Parking at rear which is great and easy access. Reception staff were friendly and helpful.I would highly recommend. .
Nicole Hayes
Nicole Hayes
I loved visiting the dentisit in primary school, they always made me feel safe and cared for. Dr Polly and the team made me think of those primary school dentist visits. I felt safe and cared for. I must remember to ask for my toothbrush and sticker before I leave next time! Wonderful experience my wisdom tooth was removed without pai but with confidence and reassurance
Louise Oconnor
Louise Oconnor
I daughter recommended this dentist practice and do glad she did. Dr Polly Ling is amazing and has done an excellent job of fixing a broken filling. All the staff are extremely helpful and welcoming .
Ryan Hollingsworth
Ryan Hollingsworth
If you’re looking for a new dentist, I can’t recommend this one enough. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a dentist and as such I wasn’t very confident finding somewhere new. However the team here have been absolutely incredible. Kind and happy to explain the process, including prices and health fund contributions. Excellent dental facilities and a comfortable waiting room. I’ve seen they also have online booking options, which seems very convenient. Thank you to all the team today for making my first appointment in a long time an enjoyable one.
Jane Doyle
Jane Doyle
Always great service from this practice. Came here today with my husband. International Women’s day do I was gifted a small bouquet and a pen. Thank you. Lovely surprise.
Sam Crossman
Sam Crossman
Always made to feel welcomed, taken care of and in a safe environment. Very appreciative of Louise for always being a friendly and welcoming face, and Rachel for making every experience comfortable. THANKYOU ♡
Robbie Jones
Robbie Jones
All the staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Excellent service.