Healthy baby teeth and gums are essential for the development of speech and future adult teeth.
By introducing your child to Refresh Dental Spa in Brisbane from an early age, they will learn dental visits are a normal, pleasant part of life. This will help form healthy dental habits and will reduce the chance of your child experiencing dental anxiety later in life which can be debilitating and lead to later problems.
Ideally, your child’s first visit should correspond with their first birthday and is often just an introduction to our team and practice. You may like to incorporate your child’s first appointment with your own regular check-up, as seeing you have your teeth examined will make them more relaxed and receptive to receiving the treatment they require.
What is involved in a Children’s Dentistry appointment?
During your child’s exam, we will be looking to ensure their gums are healthy and teeth are coming through straight, we will also monitor their jaw and facial bone structure for the development of alignment problems or crowding of teeth, which may indicate a future need for orthodontic treatment. We will also begin educating your child about the various dental hygiene practices which are required to keep their smile healthy and clean.
Early Intervention Dentistry
When a problem is diagnosed early, the teeth and jaws are easier to guide into their optimal position, greatly reducing the need for orthodontic work later on. This is referred to as early intervention, as the earlier a problem is identified the easier it will be to fix. Younger patients such as children and adolescents have softer gum tissue and the relationship between their teeth and their jaw bone is easier to alter. This means that straightening the teeth is much easier with younger patients, which is why orthodontics is recommended for adolescents.
Caring for your child’s teeth at home
A large part of your child’s oral health will involve you actively encouraging positive dental habits at home. This means making sure your child brushes their teeth every night and every morning after breakfast and dinner. We also recommend teaching your child to floss when their teeth develop closely together (which occurs any time between the ages of two and six).