The team at LARA dental love seeing our younger patients and getting them excited about dentistry and caring for their oral health. We are so passionate about this that our team go out into the local community to talk and interact with kids about the importance of caring for their teeth.
Children’s dentistry is really important for so many reasons. Your child’s first teeth need to be carefully protected and this is the main reason why it is never too early for them to experience coming to the dentist. Usually children will be ready for their first check up between 2 and 3 years of age but bringing kids in for your appointment or even the appointments of older siblings will help familiarise them with the dental environment. This will help them be more relaxed when it is their turn and they are less likely to grow up with anxiety about going to the dentist. Another added benefit of getting started early is that we are able to identify and possibly resolve problems that might otherwise not be recognised until later years making them more costly to treat.
We offer treatment to children of all ages, including routine examinations and cleans, fissure sealants, restorations, mouth guards, children and teenage orthodontics, dental x-rays and if you feel your child may need extra comfort or relaxation during their appointment, happy gas is available. Also, we are happy to discuss and offer any assistance with your child’s individual needs.
Routine examinations and cleans
For children’s dentistry it is recommended that children have their teeth checked at least every 6 months. This preventive approach assists in them developing dental confidence and in being able to diagnose and treat potential problems as quickly and as inexpensively as possible.
Protect the pits and grooves found on the chewing surface of kids molar teeth. Sealing the teeth with a thin plastic coating helps to prevent plaque from getting trapped deep in the grooves, this helps to prevent decay from forming.
A restoration may be required if decay has formed to create a cavity in a tooth. What causes decay? When foods with sugar are eaten, bacteria in the mouth make acids that dissolve teeth to form holes. Try to minimise kids drinking and eating foods that contain sugar.
Athletes of all ages participating in a sport that carries a risk of a damaging knock to the face or head (while playing and/or training) should wear a mouth guard. Such sports may include football, rugby, cricket, basketball, hockey and water sports. A custom made mouthguard is specially fabricated to your child’s teeth and will assist in cushioning a blow to the face that otherwise might result in an injury to the mouth or jaw.
How often should my child have a dental check-up?
At LARA dental, we suggest that children have their teeth checked at least every six months. Regular examinations help us to diagnose and treat problems as early and inexpensively as possible. Bringing your child in from an early age on a regular basis will also allow them to feel calm and confident about dental visits, reducing any anxiety associated with the dentist in the long term. We recommend bringing your child in for their first check-up between the age of two and three years old.
What children's dentistry services do you offer?
We offer a range of treatments to children of all ages, including routine dental examinations and cleans, fissure sealants, restorations, mouth guards, orthodontics for both children and teenagers, and dental x-rays. If your child is anxious about their dental visit, we do have happy gas available if necessary.
What are fissure sealants?
Fissure sealants are formulated to protect the pits and grooves on the chewing surface of your child’s molar teeth. By sealing these pits and grooves with a thin plastic coating, we can help to prevent plaque from getting trapped in these areas. This in turn helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities from developing.
Is there a special dentist I can take my child to?
Yes there is! Dentists who specialise in children’s dentistry are referred to as paediatric dentists and are specially educated and trained to help examine, identify, and treat dental issues in children. They are also trained to cater to the special needs of children and help keep them calm and comfortable during their appointment making the entire check-up go much more easily.
What can paediatric dentists treat?
Paediatric dentists are just like your normal general dentists and can treat the same conditions equally well. Treatments and services they provide include:
- Teeth cleaning
- Restorations such as filling, crowns, veneers, etc.
- Tooth replacements such as bridges
- Laser Dentistry
- Fluoride treatments
- Early repair and care
- Preventative care and advice
Should I take my child to a paediatric dentist or a general dentist?
This decision is entirely up to you as both paediatric and general dentists are trained to treat dental problems. Paediatric dentists, however, have slightly more training and experience with treating children and especially children with special needs. Their offices are also generally more accommodating to children with bright colours and pictures to keep your little one relaxed before the examination. Ultimately though, both paediatric and general dentists can treat your child’s dental issues equally well.
My child’s teeth are fine. Should I still take him to the dentist?
Yes you should! Regular dental visits are just as important for children as they are for adults. Whilst you may not notice anything different or wrong with your child’s teeth, your dentist may pick up something and can treat it before it becomes worse. Early detection of dental problems can greatly improve the chances of successful treatment and can help protect your child’s teeth and prevent tooth decay.
Dr Charlie Kahwagi and Dr Geoffrey Storey have been providing orthodontic treatments to patients of all ages for over 20 years. Seeing children from an early age will mean that our skilled practitioners can assess your child’s orthodontic needs as they grow. This will allow, where possible, treatment to begin at a younger age, thus preventing extensive treatment in their teenage years.