First of all it is very important that parents set a good example for their children. Teaching your child that brushing is part of their everyday routine is crucial. You should start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears, so they associate this as an everyday routine. Gentle brushing with a soft bristled baby toothbrush and a pea sized amount of toothpaste is all that is needed.
Needless to say, prevention of childhood tooth decay is very important for long-term oral health. Although your child’s primary teeth will fall out naturally, losing teeth too early can lead to permanent adult teeth coming through crooked and developing gum and jaw misalignment problems, which may require extensive corrective treatment such as orthodontic braces.
We recommend that your child attends regular check-up appointments every six to twelve months to enable us to monitor your child’s oral health and detect any abnormalities in their early stages. Early intervention allows us to prescribe the best treatment to prevent a small problem from becoming a large one.
You may like to bring your child to visit us at an early age. This will help to familiarise them with our practice, meet our team and generally help them to see that coming to the dentist can be a fun experience.