Children's Dentistry Bankstown
Helping children to understand the importance of good dental care can go a long way to setting them up for a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits.
Regular check-ups with an experienced children's dentist, combined with daily oral care, can help to keep tooth decay at bay from an early age.
Getting started with an experienced team
At Centre Court Dental Bankstown we understand children, and we understand the importance of giving them positive experiences at the dentist from a young age.
Not only will this help them manage their oral health now, but it can also contribute to them feeling more comfortable visiting the dentist later in life.
We encourage parents to bring their children along to their own dental check-ups from about one year of age.
This helps to familiarise the children with the dentist’s environment and to develop positive associations with our dental team.
When should a child start seeing a dentist?
It’s never too early to ensure your child has healthy teeth and gums. Infants should see a paediatric dentist when their first tooth comes through. This provides an opportunity to evaluate the health of their gums and identify any possible problems as soon as possible. In most circumstances, children will have all of their baby teeth by around two and a half years of age. By this stage, they should be seeing a dentist regularly to manage the health of their teeth and gums.
What happens at a children’s dental appointment?
Appointments for young children generally focus on prevention and education – both for the child and for their carers. It’s important for children to get used to brushing their teeth regularly, and for parents to know how to assist them.
For children, monitoring the development of their teeth and jaw can help to recognise – and solve – problems before they become serious.
Just like for adults, having regular check-ups means the dentist has the opportunity to quickly and easily identify any problems before they need invasive treatments. Children’s dental interventions are often simple and easy. They may include white fillings to repair cavities early, and fluoride treatments to help strengthen teeth against plaque and tooth decay.
How can I help my child to look after their teeth?
First and foremost, regular checks with a dentist will protect your children’s teeth and help them to avoid the challenges of tooth decay or gum disease.
That’s only half the picture though – the other half is regular dental care at home, helping to set up good habits that prevent damage to teeth and gums.
For starters, dentists at Centre Court Dental recommend:
• Twice-daily brushing
• Flossing between teeth once a day
• Making sure children drink plenty of water each day
• Avoiding sugary foods and drinks.
A few notes on brushing teeth:
• Before the age of 7 or 8 children may need help from an adult when brushing their teeth
• A small children's toothbrush is the most appropriate for little mouths
• Use low-fluoride children's toothpaste from 18 months to 3 years of age
• After 3 years of age they can switch to normal toothpaste.
Protecting teeth from injury
Another central consideration when looking after your children’s teeth is protecting their teeth from injury and impact when playing sports.
This is particularly important if they are playing a contact sport (which is often part of the school year).
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends custom-fitted mouthguards as they are superior to store-bought products when it comes to reducing the severity of injuries during contact sports and other activities.
Centre Court Dental can help with custom-fitted mouth guards for your child, so contact our clinic today for further information.
Why choose Centre Court Dental for your children’s dental care?
At Centre Court Dental Bankstown we understand how important it is to find the right dentist for your child.
Our experienced team know the value of providing stress-free appointments for children so that they can receive great care while also having a positive experience.
Contact Dr. Larry Coleman and the team today on 02 9790 4988 and know that you’re giving your little one the very best start to their dental care.