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Children’s Dentistry

Children’s dentistry, also known as paediatric dentistry, is a specialty of dentistry involving oral care for children from birth through adolescence. This discipline focuses on growth and development, causes and prevention of disease, child psychology and management of all aspects of dental treatment for this age group.

At Vista Dental we emphasize building trust and confidence between our young patients and our dentists. We teach preventive dental etiquette to help remove anxiety about dental treatment. We prioritize prevention as we know that poor oral health in children can lead to impaired school performance and poor social relationships. We give specific advice on how to make the teeth strong, develop healthy eating habits and how to protect the teeth.

It is recommended that a dental visit should occur with six months after the presence of the first tooth or by a child’s first birthday. It is important to establish a dental home for a child. This is because early oral examination aids in the detection of the early stages of tooth decay. Early detection is essential to maintain good oral health, modify aberrant habits and treat as early as possible. Parents are also given advice on preventive home care including brushing, flushing and fluorides, finger, thumb and pacifier habits, preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth, diet counselling and growth and development.


NO FILLINGS PLEASE, I’M ONLY A KID

The importance of cleaning my teeth was drummed into me at a very young age. No matter how much I moaned and fidgeted (Which I did, every single time) my mother always made sure I’d clean my teeth thoroughly and thanks goodness she did! I was the blessed one, some of my friends needed their first fillings at as young as 7 and unfortunately children who require them in their baby teeth. So how has it come to this?

The mass production of processed fast foods, huge selection of sweets and fizzy energy drinks available has definitely had an impact. Our children can so readily find these tooth rotten foods and it is often difficult to stop them, do we ban pocket money all together? Maybe we need to focus more on cleaning the teeth as much as reducing eating sugary foods and paying regular visits to the dentist at least once a year.


TIPS FOR CLEANING YOUR CHILDREN’S TEETH
  • Make sure they brush their teeth twice a day after breakfast and dinner or before they sleep.
  • Supervise them when they’re brushing, even when they’re old enough to do it themselves pop up your head around the door to make sure they’re doing good enough job!
  • Brush for at least two minutes using circular movements concentrating on each tooth- try counting the teeth to them as they brush.
  • Buy a fun toothbrush. You’ll find lots of gimmicky brushes with their favourite action hero or Barbie on to make it fun!
  • Fluoride – Ensure you use a low fluoride paste when they are very young and increase the fluoride content as they get older.
  • Children’s toothpaste doesn’t have to be mint flavoured they may prefer a tropical or strawberry flavour.
  • Use fluoride mouthwash to strengthen the enamel on their teeth.