At Smile Perfection Dental in Aspley and Bulimba we provide a range of dental services for children.
As a parent, it is important you set a good example for your children. Start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they appear, so they associate this as a normal part of everyday life. Brush gently with a soft bristled baby toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
Prevention of childhood tooth decay is very important for long-term oral health. Although your child’s baby teeth will fall out naturally, losing a tooth too soon can cause their adult teeth to come through crooked, which may require extensive corrective treatment such as orthodontic braces.
We recommend that your child attends regular check-up appointments every six to twelve months, to enable us to monitor your child’s oral health and detect any abnormalities in their early stages. Early intervention allows us to prescribe the best treatment to prevent a small problem from becoming a large one.
Diet and Fluoride Treatment
What you eat and how often you eat it, is just as important for your teeth and gums as it is for your general health. Food and drinks that contain starch and sugar react to the bacteria in your mouth and produce acid, which attacks your tooth enamel, causing decay. The more you consume products laden with starch and sugar, the longer your teeth are exposed to decay-causing acid.
Reducing how often you have sugary or starchy drinks and snacks will help to maintain your optimal oral health considerably. Foods such as cheese, fresh fruit, nuts and vegetable sticks including carrot and celery, make good substitutes for sweet treats.
Smile Perfection Dental can offer advice on the best dietary choices for you and your children.
Fluoride is very important for teeth as it can be absorbed into bones and tooth enamel, making them stronger and more resistant to fractures and decay. Fluoride is one of the most beneficial elements for children’s developing teeth and maintaining the health of adult teeth.
Many states and territories add fluoride to the water supply, as drinking fluoridated water and brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps protect teeth against decay. In a process referred to as remineralisation, fluoride is used to help repair damage caused by dental decay.
Although fluoride is highly beneficial, in excess quantities, fluoride may cause defects in tooth enamel and permanent stains on teeth. If you use fluoride toothpaste and drink fluoridated water, then you should consult with your Smile Perfection dentist before you or your child take fluoride supplements.
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If your child participates in a contact sport, they should wear a mouthguard. It’s estimated mouthguards prevent around 200,000 sporting injuries every year. In fact, dental injuries are the most common type of oral-facial injury sustained in sports.
Our dentists can make a custom fitted mouth guard that offers far more protection and comfort than off-the-shelf varieties.
Sealants are a very effective preventive therapy against tooth decay. Pits and fissures on the chewing surface of baby and adult molars are normal imperfections. The depth and width of the pits and fissures vary from person to person, and food and germs often become trapped in these areas. A cavity can easily occur because brushing and fluoride are not effective protection against cavities of the pits and fissures.
Only sealants are effective protection against tooth decay of these surfaces because they fill in these areas. The sealant is a liquid that becomes hard like plastic after it is applied to the tooth. Sealant therapy is non-invasive, with no drilling, and doesn’t require a local anaesthetic.