Paediatric (Kids) Dentistry

A Quick Guide to Taking Care of Your Child’s Teeth.  Please note that no Oral Experts dentist is a registered specialist

The Oral Experts Group are now offereing FREE dentistry to children who are eligiable through Medicare CDBS scheme. Give us a call for more details. 

 We have also have reduced the price of children's dentistry dramatically (compared to the average ADA fee) to help give a happy healthy smile to the young. Fillings for children's teeth now start at $100 and a clean for your kids is only $50. Extraction of baby teeth is also almost half the price of adult teeth. We hope to encourage families to care for their teeth by making quality dentistry more affordable.

It is important that baby (milk) teeth are looked after. They are not disposable, as some might think. Baby teeth are necessary for appearance, eating and smiling, are an important component in developing speech and are also very important to ensure the correction positioning of the adult teeth.

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Recent studies of the dental health of Australian children’s teeth seems to indicate that there has been an increase in decay rates, knows as Early Childhood Caries, and caries in children is the second most common reason for hospitalisation. This is even more so in Queensland where the water supplies have not had fluoride supplements added to the water. Hopefully decay rates in Queensland children will decrease and match the lower rates of decay found in the other Australian now that fluoride will be added to our drinking water supplies.

kid2Prevention of early childhood caries is easily achieved. Knowing how caries (tooth decay) occurs will help you understand how to prevent decay in your child’s teeth.

Bacteria in our mouth are responsible for caries. Up to 300 species of bacteria and other micro-organisms can inhabit our mouth. When the sugars and starches in food stay stuck to our teeth and the bacteria feed on them, forming plaque, the acids produced by the bacteria eat holes in the tooth leading to caries.

The risks that lead to early childhood caries include the following:

  • A high sugar diet
  • Continually snacking (grazing)
  • Sleeping with milk, juice, soft drink or cordial in a bottle;
  • Dummies coated with a sugary substance, e.g. honey
  • No regular brushing of teeth

The accumulation of sugar and starch which occurs under the above situations allows the bacteria to increase in number which then increases the amount of acids that eventually lead to caries.kid6

To prevent the risk of early childhood caries requires addressing all of the above situations.

Ensure your child has a wide variety of nutritious foods high in calcium (milk, cheese) and low in acids and sugars (fruit, wholegrain cereals, lean meats and dairy products).

Limit your child’s eating to selected times, and reduce the number of snacks. Give your baby or toddler a feed before going to bed, clean their teeth and offer a bottle of plain water.

Do not coat dummies with honey or any other sweetener. It is also important not to clean a dummy by placing it in your mouth and then giving it to your baby. Your mouth contains bacteria that causes decay and you will infect your baby with bacteria that causes caries.

 kid3Brushing the baby teeth morning and night until the age of eight years needs to be done by an adult. Children do not have the manual skills to brush effectively until this age. Think about their ability to write. From 10 years on children should be able to brush their teeth effectively without any adult supervision.

Brush with water or a low fluoride toothpaste in children up to the age of 12 months using a brush with a small head and soft rounded bristles. Use only a smear of toothpaste and ensure the child spits out the toothpaste after you have brushed their teeth. The teeth should be brushed for approximately two minutes in a systematic manner to ensure that every tooth surface is cleaned.

It is important to encourage your child to let you brush their teeth and also to lead by example as this is a very important way to encourage your child to continue with a lifelong habit of good oral hygiene and an absence of tooth decay. From one year of age it is strongly advised that your child sees a dentist for regular visits.kid10

Let one of the friendly Dentists in the Oral Experts Group help in ensuring that your child does not suffer from the easily preventable disease of tooth caries.

This information was compiled from information supplied by the Australian Dental Association. Further information can be obtained from their website, www.ada.org.au, or by asking one of the Dentists in the Oral Experts Group.

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