Dental Care for Children
Children require extra special care when it comes to their smiles. In fact the care taken in early life can help protect a child’s smile right into adulthood. Teaching children how best to care for their teeth and how simple and enjoyable a trip to the dentist can be, helps them to make dental hygiene and timely dental visits part of everyday healthy living.
Do Children’s Teeth Need to be Removed?
Rarely! Our “baby teeth” start to break through any time from a few months old right through childhood. Our secondary teeth (or Primary teeth) usually start to appear from the age 7 or 8 onwards. During this time it is rare that a tooth would need to be removed unless a parent has not followed basic oral hygiene procedures with their child.
What is Basic Oral Hygiene for My Child?
From a very early age oral hygiene can be practiced. Even before the first teeth appear parents need to be conscious of regularly wiping a child’s gums to ensure no build-up of milk occurs. After the first teeth appear daily use of a small, soft toothbrush will help keep decay at bay. As soon as a child is able to hold a brush they should be encouraged to brush their own teeth, especially before bed each night.
Parents can also encourage good dental health by not allowing a child to got to bed with a bottle, or dipping dummy’s in honey – these practices can lead to infection and inflammation of the gums.
How Often Should I Schedule a Dentist Visit for My Child?
For children who follow good oral care habits, an annual visit to the dentist is appropriate. These visits can start for children as early as 2-3 years of age.
For more information about caring for your childs teeth see this web page at the Westmead Childrens Hospital or use the “Ask a Question” button below to send us your query and we at Redmyre can answer it directly.