Keeping your teeth healthy and full of vitality all starts with preventative dentistry. This includes visiting the dentist for biannual examinations and cleanings, but should also include maintaining proper oral hygiene in the comfort of your home. The sooner you can start implementing this into your child’s regimen, the greater chance they have of maintaining healthy teeth long into their adult years. Finding a dentist who can treat both children and adults makes receiving dental care easy and convenient for the entire family.
In addition to offering dentistry services for adults, our dentists at Docklands Studios also offer general and restorative children’s dentistry services, making it a great place for parents, young children, and anyone in between. To schedule your consultation, please contact us today online or give us a call at 03 9021 9487.
Why Children’s Dentistry is Important
As soon as your baby is born, you should begin washing their gums with a gentle washcloth. Breast milk, formula, and cow’s milk all contain sugars. Keeping those gums clean provides a healthy foundation for their developing teeth. According to the Australian Dental Association, parents are encouraged to begin taking their child to the dentist within six months of their first tooth erupting, or by the time they are one year old. This not only helps your child maintain healthy teeth, but allows them to build a good rapport with the dentist, lowering their risk for dental anxiety.
Because the enamel is much softer in children teeth than in adult teeth, they are more vulnerable to plaque and tooth decay. If your child goes to bed with a milk bottle or continuously drinks from sippy cup of fruit juice, they may be more at risk of developing cavities. By taking your child to the dentist for routine examinations, potential problems can be located early on and you can receive proper education on how to care for child’s teeth.
Even though they eventually fall out, the health of baby (primary) teeth matter and can have a positive or negative effect on their permanent teeth. In cases where enamel demineralization is apparent, the dentist may recommend placing dental sealants. These thin, plastic coatings fit closely over teeth to protect them from plaque build-up. Once they are old enough, the dentist will also recommend fluoride treatment as part of your child’s professional cleaning. This special mouth rinse strengthens and protects enamel.
Ways to Make Oral Hygiene Fun for Your Child
Once your child starts to develop some independence in their toddler years, it can be difficult to properly brush and floss their teeth. If the bedtime and morning hygiene routine is a battle every night and every morning, below are some tips you can implement to make oral hygiene more fun for your child, and less stressful for you.
- Let them select their own toothbrush. When you walk the oral hygiene aisle at your local grocery store, you will find toothbrushes in every color and design. Many manufacturers also offer toothbrushes featuring Disney princesses and Marvel superheroes. Having a toothbrush of their very own that they played a part in selecting will make it more fun, and also teach them responsibility in the process.
- Set up a reward system. Hang a calendar in their bathroom that represents every day of the week. Each time they brush their teeth, have them place a sticker on the calendar. At the end of the week, choose a special prize rewarding them for their achievement.
- Turn it into a game. This can be as simple as who can make the most bubbles while brushing or singing a silly song while they brush their teeth.
Proper Preventative Care Can Reduce Cavities
When caring for your child’s teeth, it’s important not to neglect your own. Maintaining proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as attending your dental cleanings every six months is vital to keeping your teeth healthy. By selecting a dentist who treats both children and adults, you can both receive care on the same day under the same roof. Our caring hygienists and skilled dentists will do everything to make sure you receive efficient and comfortable care.
To maximize your time with the dentist at your next office visit, make a list of concerns or questions you’d like addressed. A good dentist will take the time to visit with you about your concerns and offer solutions to improve your smile. At Docklands Dental Studio, we offer a wide range of services, including cosmetic dentistry treatments, tooth restorations, and Invisalign®. It’s also vital to communicate any health concerns you may be experiencing since the last time you visited so the dentist can update your file and make the proper recommendations.
Oral Hygiene Tips for Adults
Below are some great tips to remember when brushing and flossing at home:
- Select a good toothbrush. While it may seem like a hard bristled toothbrush will clean your teeth more effectively, it can actually do more harm than good. When selecting a toothbrush, we recommend choosing one with soft bristles or one that is electrically powered.
- Brush in a circular motion. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, use gentle pressure, and brush your teeth in a circular motion rather than side to side. If your toothbrush bristles are flattened, it may be a sign that you are brushing too aggressively. This can lead to weakened enamel, gum recession, and increased risk for tooth decay.
- Floss everyday. While this may seem excessive, food and bacteria can get easily trapped between your teeth, and flossing is the only way to keep it from remaining there and turning into plaque. One way to implement this into your daily regimen includes carrying flosser picks with you that can be easily used after meals to dislodge food that is stuck between teeth. It’s also helpful to remember to use gentle techniques and to not be stingy with your floss. Using too small of a strand can make it harder to grasp and cause frustration.
Schedule Your Office Visit
Maintaining good dental hygiene can extend the longevity of your teeth and keep your breath fresh. At Docklands Dental Studio, we look forward to providing you the care that you deserve so you can keep your smile healthy and bright. To schedule your consultation, please contact us online or call (03) 9021 9487.
Our dental practice is within a 30 minute commute from North Melbourne or West Melbourne by taking a bus or tram into the city, then hopping on Tram Number 11 or 48 from Collins St. towards Docklands, and getting off at Collins Landing (Stop D17).
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