Children’s Oral Health Care
Did you know it is important to care for your children’s oral health before they even get teeth?
At Genesis Dental, we provide comprehensive dental care for all ages, including pediatric dentistry. Here, we’ll look at the common dental problems faced by children and important dental services for children.
Commons Dental Issues in Children
- Cavities — Cavities are one of the most common dental issues in children. Since their enamel is thinner and still developing, children’s teeth are especially susceptible to damage and decay from high-sugar foods and sugary, fizzy drinks.
- Teeth Grinding — Teeth grinding is another common dental problem in children. If your child grinds their teeth during sleep, it must be addressed immediately to prevent further complications such as muscular pain and damage to the teeth.
- Thumb Sucking — Thumb sucking is a common problem that can lead to a variety of orthodontic problems and should be addressed as early as possible.
- Bad Breath — Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is another oral health issue faced by children. Poor dental hygiene, gum disease, and digestive issues can all lead to bad breath in children. If you notice your child has bad breath often, it is important to schedule a dental visit.
- Orthodontic Issues — Children may experience orthodontic issues such as misaligned teeth, bite problems, or overcrowding. The best time to treat these issues is early on so your child can grow up with healthy teeth that look great and function properly.
- Gum Disease — Poor oral hygiene can lead to plaque formation that can cause gum disease and inflammation of the gums (gingivitis).
Important Dental Services for Children
We provide comprehensive dental care for children, including:
- Routine teeth cleaning
- Patient education and instruction on brushing, flossing, and healthy habits
- Preventative care
- Oral examinations
Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy
Caring for your child’s oral health starts before their first tooth erupts. Keep your baby’s gums clean and healthy by wiping them down with a soft cloth to remove food debris and only give your baby a bottle of water to drink at night instead of milk or juice. Be sure never to let your baby fall asleep with a bottle in their mouth.
As your child grows older and their teeth erupt, here are some tips to keep your child’s teeth healthy:
- Encourage your child to try new healthy foods
- Include fruits and veggies with each meal
- Set a good example with your brushing and flossing habits
- Make brushing and flossing a daily habit for your child
- Discourage all-day snacking
- Use a timer, put music on, and find other ways to make brushing and flossing fun
- Offer your child low-sugar snacks for healthy teeth such as cheese, celery, apples, carrots, nuts, and yoghurt
- Ask us for the best recommendations for fluoride toothpaste for children
When Should My Child Have Their First Dental Visit?
If you are wondering “when should my child have their first dental checkup?”, we invite you to contact our team for a recommendation. Generally, we recommend scheduling a dental visit for your child around 6 months of age or when they get their first tooth. This helps set up the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth.
Our Canning Vale dentists provide paediatric dental services in a friendly, protected, comfortable, and fun atmosphere. We’ll examine your children’s oral health, follow the development of their teeth, instruct them on healthy habits, and ensure they develop a high level of comfort when visiting us.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or to set up a consultation. We would be honoured to help ensure your child has the healthiest smile possible.