Your Child’s Teeth

Family & Children's Dentist, childrens teeth, epping dentistThings you Need to Know About Children’s Teet

  1. It is important to help and encourage your child to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, especially before bed. Use a child’s toothpaste at first if your child is unable to spit out their toothpaste, as it has half the amount of fluoride. Once your child is able to spit out all their toothpaste, use normal toothpaste with the full amount for fluoride to protect their teeth.
  2. Drink tap water. Tap water has fluoride to strengthen enamel as their adult teeth are developing. Some filters remove fluoride – check with the manufacturers.
  3. Provide healthy snacks in between meals such as cheese, fruit, yoghurt and vegetable sticks. Keep sugary and sticky foods for special treats, not 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 decay.
  5. Baby teeth are important! They maintain space for adult teeth to grow in straight. Losing milk teeth early because of decay may cause pain and crooked teeth.
  6. Dental Sealants help prevent cavities. Your dentist 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, the first primary or baby teeth erupt through the gums. All 20 primary teeth usually appear by age 3, although their pace and order of eruption varies.

When should my Child have their First Dental Visit?

You child is encouraged to visit your dentist when they have a few teeth come through, especially their back teeth.

Bring your child along with you on your next dental visit so they can get used to being at the dental practice. We can have practice rides on the chair with your child seated on your lap. Not long after, your child will be comfortable enough to sit on their own for a check up and a clean.

Fissure Sealants

The first adult molar starts to come through when your child is about 6 years of age appearing behind the “baby teeth”. Positively encourage your child to keep these clean.

A new tooth in the mouth is susceptible to decay within the first year, especially the back adult molars. Some may have deep grooves that may be sticky and easily collect food.

Fissure Sealants are white resin that the dentist uses to seal over deep grooves in teeth, preventing them from decay.

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