Your Child’s Teeth

Family & Children's Dentist, childrens teeth, epping dentistThings you need to know about children’s teeth

  1. It is important to help and encourage your children to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, one time being especially before bed. Use a child’s toothpaste at first if your child is unable to spit out their toothpaste, as it has only half the amount of fluoride. Once your child can spit out all their toothpaste, use normal toothpaste with the full amount for fluoride to protect their teeth.
  2. Drink tap water. Tap water contains fluoride that strengthens the enamel of their developing adult teeth. Some water filters remove fluoride, so check with the manufacturers if you have one.
  3. Provide healthy snacks in between meals such as cheese, fruit, yoghurt and vegetable sticks. Keep sugary and sticky foods for special treats, not for everyday.
  4. Try not to leave your child’s milk or juice bottle in their mouth overnight or for a prolonged time. Constant sipping over long periods increases the risk of tooth decay.
  5. Baby teeth are important! They maintain the space for adult teeth to grow in straight. Losing baby teeth early because of decay can cause pain and crooked teeth.
  6. Dental Sealants help prevent cavities. We can place a painless resin seal over the groove of your child’s permanent molars.

When should I expect my child’s first teeth?

Chidren’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months of age, the first primary baby teeth erupt through the gums. All 20 primary teeth usually appear by three years of age, although their pace and order of eruption varies.

When should my child have their first dental visit?

We encourage you to bring your child for a first visit, when a few teeth, especially back teeth, have come through.

Bring your child along with you on your next dental visit so they get used to being at Rawson Dental Epping. We can have practice rides on the chair with your child seated on your lap. Not long after that, your child will be comfortable enough sitting on his or her own for a checkup and a clean.

Fissure sealants

Your child´s first adult molar will start to come through when your child is about 6 years old.  The molars appear behind the “baby teeth”. Positively encourage your child to keep these adult molars clean.

Within its first year, a new tooth is susceptible to decay in the mouth.  This is especially true of adult molars, as some have fissure (deep grooves) that can be sticky and easily collect food.

Fissure sealants are a white resin that we use to seal deep grooves in teeth, in order to protect them from decay.

Make an appointment to have your child’s teeth checked.