Our dental therapist Lisa works along side our clinicians to look after our younger patients. Lisa has a natural ability to put children at ease and ensure they have a positive dental experience.
At Dove Holistic Dental Centre, Children's Dentistry is preventative based. Your child's first smile is a magical moment and their first tooth a milestone in their life, at Dove Holistic Dental Centre we want to help you and your child look after their teeth right through to adulthood.
Our friendly and caring team know that it is vital that your children have a positive dental experience. Some of our patients may be too young to fully appreciate the importance of good oral hygiene, hence we will work closely with parents so they can make informed choices on behalf of their children.
Our clinicians will take the time to explain all about your child's risk of oral disease, preventative strategies and the modern innovative treatments we offer.
Children with a healthy mouth have a more rounded general health. Oral conditions can interfere with eating and adequate nutritional intake, speaking, self-esteem, and daily activities- a child’s development can be affected. Severe decay can affect growth and development. Children with dental pain can affect their education- they may be unable to concentrate in school. A healthy mouth, we believe, is more attractive, giving a child confidence in their appearance. Finally, preventive dentistry can result in less extensive — and less expensive — treatment for your child in the long term.
When should preventative Children’s Dentistry Start?
Preventive dentistry begins with your child’s first tooth. Daily cleaning of the teeth should begin as soon as the first tooth emerges. Early dental visits are the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health and habit. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental disease and helping your child build a cavity-free smile.
Preventative Dental Care Includes:
- Proper Dental Diet Advice
- Education on Brushing Teeth & Flossing
- Fluoride Application-to help prevent decay
- Regular Dental Check
- Oral Health Education & Hygiene
- Evidence & Assessment of Teeth
- Fissure Sealants for Children-to help prevent decay
How do Dove Holistic Dental Centre clinicians prevent dental problems?
Tooth cleaning and polishing and fluoride treatments are all part of your child’sprevention program. However, at Dove Holistic Dental Centre we can offer so much more. For example, our dentist can apply sealants to protect your child from tooth decay, help you select a mouth guard to prevent sports injuries to the face and teeth, and provide early diagnosis and care of orthodontic problems. Dove Holistic Dental Centre clinicians are uniquely trained to develop a combination of in-clinic and home preventive care to ensure your child a happy smile.
Some helpful information about childrens teeth
We all know about tooth decay. It happens when there are more acid attacks than the teeth can cope with. Acid attacks can result from plaque bacteria acting on the sugars in our diet.
Another less well known problem is tooth erosion, where the surface enamel of the tooth is directly dissolved away by acids. These acids can come from our food and drink but also from stomach acids, for example when someone is sick. Erosion can make teeth more sensitive to hot or cold foods and needs treatment if severe.
The following is an oral health guide for parents caring for their children's teeth.
Brushing up your child's smile!
Teeth need brushing first thing in the morning and last thing at night with a fluoride toothpaste. Children under six should practice cleaning their teeth themselves, but as they do not have the physical skills to do a thorough job, it is important that you brush their teeth gently yourself at least once a day.
Older children may still need a little encouragement and supervision. Fluoride works to strengthen tooth enamel against acid attacks. Check with your dentist which type of fluoride toothpaste is best for your child.
After brushing, children should spit out but not rinse with water, as the fluoride left in the mouth will provide protection for longer. A child's toothbrush needs to be fairly soft, and small enough to reach all the nooks and crannies of the mouth. It should be changed about every three months or as soon as it becomes worn.
The food your Children eat..
All sources of sugars including packet sugar, fruit sugars, honey and any food or drink containing them can feed the plaque bacteria which cause acid attacks. Similarly any food or drink containing acids can directly affect teeth. These include fruit juice, squashes, all types of fizzy drinks, fruit, yogurt, pickles and even tomato sauce!
However, if all these foods and drinks were cut out from the diet, it would become unbalanced and less enjoyable. The following is a guide to including them sensibly so that the teeth can cope.
The way your Children eat..
Almost every time you eat, your teeth will be affected. The good news is that teeth can cope with acid attacks as long as they have time to recover and repair themselves between bouts of eating and drinking.
Eating five times a day is about right, for example, three meals and two snacks. Try to keep sweet foods, soft drinks and fruit juices limited to these occasions. If your child likes frequent drinks, give milk or water at other times. It is also important that children do not hold drinks in their mouths or swish them through their teeth.
During sleep, teeth are especially vulnerable to acid attacks as saliva flow, which repairs tooth damage, slows down. This means any sugar or acid in the mouth will do more harm. So make sure that once your children have cleaned their teeth before bed, they do not have any more food or drink apart from water.