We love working with young patients, but we know that a trip to the dentist can feel daunting. Our goal is to make the visit as fun and comfortable as it can be, and for the children that we treat to develop life-long relationships with our team.
- We encourage parents to bring their young children along to their own appointments, so that they can get a feel for how it works.
- It’s best to bring your little one between the age of 2 and 3 years, so that we can get a head-start on monitoring the growth and development of their mouth and teeth.
- When your child’s first tooth emerges between 6 to 12 months, their gums may feel tender and sore. Soothe them by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them.
- Use a teething ring to further alleviate the discomfort and irritability of your infant.
- Our “Smiling Child” pre-school, gentle-dental visit is to help your child learn to feel excited about visiting the dentist. They will soon realise how much fun can be had with Dr. Gaudio, as well as the lovely hygienist and the rest of the team!
What about braces?
Over the course of the last decade, we have realised that orthodontic dentistry is not simply a ‘cosmetic’ procedure for the more image-conscious patient. An unbalanced bite, misalignment and malocclusion can cause chronic health problems such as migraines, ringing in the ears and vertigo. They can exert invisible strain and pressure on the jaw joint, teeth and chewing muscles. For these reasons, we encourage parents to consider starting orthodontic treatment early on in their children’s lives:
- You cannot ‘see’ malocclusion, but it can be causing damage nonetheless.
- Beginning the process early can prevent the child from having to wear braces for extended periods of time (and particularly in the teenage years!)
- It’s easier to expand the palate and allow space for the adult teeth to grow.
- In most cases, young children will not even require braces, but can use dental appliances to make their arches wider.
- We have developed excellent relationships with orthodontists in the area and can refer you to trusted experts.
Despite fluoride helping to build stronger defences against the bacteria and acids which attack our teeth, the prevalence of refined sugar in young people’s diets results in extreme cases of cavities in children which need to be addressed early on. Even daily flossing and the proper use of toothpaste cannot prevent the onslaught of refined sugar found in everything from Mountain Dew to Power Aid Drinks and Gummy Worms. There are ways to limit the damage, and we have several tips to help with this:
- Limit the frequency of your children’s meals and snacks.
- Encourage regular, consistent brushing, flossing and rinsing.
- Keep an eye on what your child is drinking.
- Avoid sticky, sugary foods.
- Incorporate treats into your meals, to avoid rogue snacking in between!
- Choose nutritious snacks.