Start Visits to the Dentist at a Young Age
Having your child visit the dentist regularly as soon as their first tooth appears allows them to grow up with the experience and get used to it. Having regular routine checkups are the best way to help your child grow accustomed to the dental office and learn to trust their dentist. Bring them along to your checkup appointments so they become accustomed to the practice's environment. Having your child see the dentist’s as a normal environment that they can feel comfortable in will help keep anxieties at bay.
At each dental exam we look for dental disease, any orthodontic problems and how well their teeth are being cleaned.
We may clean their teeth or ask you to book them in with a hygienist if it is required.
Applying fluoride varnish to vulnerable teeth can reduce the risk of decay by a third and is included at each checkup.
Fissure sealants are white, plastic coatings that are bonded onto the biting surface of the back teeth.
These biting surfaces are criss‐crossed with pits and grooves (fissures), which provide a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. To prevent cavities in these pits and fissures you can cover them with a special composite varnish called fissure sealant, which has been shown to achieve a six‐fold reduction in caries development (compared to a tooth without fissure sealants).
The application of these fissure sealants are easy to do and children as young as 3 years of age are able to be comfortable with the procedure.