Children’s Dentistry

Children’s dentistry is extremely important from an early age. Tooth decay can still be a common problem in infancy and childhood. Over the past few decades, despite the general reduction in dental tooth decay, early childhood tooth decay is still common.

Early visits can prevent minor problems from becoming major ones. Our children’s dentistry professionals will be able to detect early decay. Teach good habits early, as good habits start young for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Brush frequently to keep plaque levels low, reduce snacking and begin dental visits early.

Children’s dentistry treatments

The most common treatment that is done on children that differs to adults is to place fissure sealants on the posterior teeth. Back teeth have natural pits and grooves that can trap food particles which may ultimately lead to tooth decay.

Your child will be assessed as to the need for sealants.

Sealants are placed within the first two years of the tooth being erupted in the mouth. The tooth is isolated and cleaned with pumice, then an acid gel placed on the tooth and washed off. A bonding liquid is then brushed on, then the fissure sealant placed and set. They act to only reduce the risk of decay on the biting surface of the tooth, and must be placed only when our dentists feel they are indicated.

Cause of decay in children

A common decay problem seen in preschool children is due to frequent exposure to sugary, starchy and acidic foods, including all forms of juices, cordials and soft drinks.

Snacking generally promotes dental decay, because the mere presence of food in the mouth feed the plaque that produces acid, causing decay.

To prevent decay in your child’s teeth our specialists will teach your child correct brushing and flossing techniques.

Book your child’s appointment today