Preventive dentistry for my child: how should I keep milk teeth healthy?

When faced with the news of an upcoming dental appointment, a person's emotions can range from slight nervousness to outright dread. Why? Because they typically picture an anonymous, masked stranger standing over us the dentist chair. But what about our youngest patients?

Going to the dentist might not be your favourite thing to do, but you know these appointments are essential for your oral health. You know this, but our little patients sometimes have a hard time understanding why these visits with the dentist in Zetland form a necessary part of life.

Dentophobia is a real fear of the dentist. It typically stems from a bad childhood experience. Our duty at Healthy Smile Centre is to provide child-friendly services that leave your children smiling and happy they have been to see us.

But what can you do at home to ease your child's fear or anxiety regarding their next visit to the dentist in Zetland?

Start taking your child to the dentist while they are still young

The best time to book their first appointment is when their primary teeth start to develop.

Early visits to the dentist helps breed familiarity, which, in turn, creates an environment that is comfortable in the eyes of your child. Appointments after that will, hopefully, be perceived as not being a big deal.

Not only can seeing the dentist in Zetland elicit a positive relationship, with frequent visits, we become more accustomed to your child's unique mouth and can identify changes and possible issues with their dental health.

For example, we can detect early signs of irregular teeth and overbites and keep them in check before they become more complicated to treat.

At the same time, we can spot the early symptoms of tooth decay, that if left undetected, can have a profound effect on your child's developing dentition.

Tell your child about what they should expect

A child's fear can stem from the unknown, and reclining back and being forced to open their mouth is undoubtedly scary if they do not know what is happening to their teeth and why.

Typically, a routine check-up for a child might include the following treatments:

Fluoride can be applied to the enamel of your child's teeth to help mineralise them to keep them strong and healthy.

Fissure sealants might also be attached to the biting surface of milk teeth to prevent decay. The application of the sealant, which essentially is a plastic coating, is a simple procedure.

An examination of the mouth to check for cavities and irregularities, followed by with X-rays. Our hygienist will clean and polish their teeth before ending the appointment.

What you can do at home

Teach your children how to clean their teeth properly using the correct brushing and flossing techniques.

Protect your child's teeth by using a soft-bristled brush that is small enough to remove plaque in hard-to-reach spaces.

Before the age of six, always supervise your child's brushing habits. Provide them with the responsibility to brush their teeth, while doing a follow up clean to remove the plaque they may have missed.

Incorporating thorough cleaning habits at a young age will prevent dental problems from developing later on.

Encouraging optimal health and hygiene, as well as a regular dental trip will help your child to keep their mouth clean and healthy while developing a great relationship with their dentist.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.