Dental care through frequent trips to a family-friendly dentist in Mackay and practising good oral hygiene should be started young. As soon as the first tooth erupts, that tooth and those surrounding swollen gums should be cared for, brushed and cleaned.
Regular visits to the dentist will help a child develop a healthy relationship with their dentist, potentially alleviating any dental phobias later in life and there is a greater chance that that child will continue the habit of visiting a dentist every 6 months or so, as is recommended.
By making visits enjoyable and fun and to not allow any anxiety from parents be displayed in front of the children, they will learn and understand the importance of oral hygiene in a way that makes them feel in control and excited about caring for their mouths.
What happens during their first dental visits in their early years
At around 1 year of age, it is recommended that a parent bring their child in to see the dentist for a quick check up. There are many reasons why, namely to discuss oral hygiene with the parent now that teeth are emerging so as to lay down good habits early so that teeth brushing becomes a regular habit.
It may be a little intimidating for a child the first time they visit the dentist, so regular trips can make the process a lot less scary as time goes on.
During the first visit, the dentist will only want to take a quick look inside the child’s mouth whilst they sit on a caregiver’s knee. It can gradually become an exciting experience to move into the dental chair, and skilled dentists are equipped with techniques that allow a child to feel more comfortable and at ease.
Caregivers can take the lead from the dentist who has had many years of experience with dealing with young patients. Perhaps they will suggest the caregiver hold the child’s hand or to sit back away from the action. They can relax knowing that the dentist is confidently in control of the situation and is aiming for the child to walk away from a positive experience.
What procedures can a child have to ensure healthy teeth
There are a few routine procedures that can be administered upon request by a qualified dentist. Fissure sealants can happen as early as adult teeth have come through, whilst the teeth are at their freshest and healthiest.
A fissure sealant is a thin layer of invisible plastic that covers the hard to reach back teeth where plaque can build up. The sealant creates a smooth and easy to clean surface and can last for up to 10 years.
It is easy to re-administer the fissure sealant in years to come and is a great way to ensure the health of a child’s teeth as it is kept covered and protected.
This procedure is not only available for children, adults are more than welcome to have this simple and fast procedure done as well.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.