When should I bring my child for their first Dental appointment?
Patients of all ages are welcome at Restore Dental. It is important children develop a positive attitude towards Dental treatment and visiting the Dentist from a young age can help them to feel comfortable and confident. We are passionate about making your child’s visit to the dentist a positive, fun and stress-free event. We recommend children begin seeing a Dentist or an Oral health therapist at age two or when some baby teeth have come through.
We do not like to push any child past their individual tolerance at their appointment and ensure they feel safe and comfortable. At their first visit we encourage them to take a ride in the chair and then aim to build on this experience at each visit.
Among our Dentists here at restore Dental we have an Oral health Therapist who is passionate about Children’s oral health and education. She is fully qualified in providing all general dentistry to children.
What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out?
Place the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva and seek immediate attention from a Dental professional. Transport the tooth and the child to an emergency appointment as soon as possible. Do not attempt to replace the tooth in the socket it came from. As well as being traumatising to the child it may cause further issues in the development of your child’s permanent teeth.
What should I do if my child suffers a knock to the mouth?
If you child has a fall or a knock to the mouth and you are worried about the stability of their teeth we recommend making an appointment with a Dentist as soon as possible. If your child suffers swelling or a cut lip, giving them an icy pole or an ice cube to suck on can be helpful in reducing swelling and bleeding. Use a moistened gauze or tea bag to apply firm but gentle pressure to any cuts and if your child will tolerate it a mild, warm salt water rinse is recommended.
If the teeth are unstable, or a cut is long or deep or where there has been debris in the wound immediate emergency attention is recommend.
What are the discolorations or white marks on my child’s adult teeth?
Discolorations or white marks on permanent teeth can be caused by many different factors. Including the following: If the child has suffered a dental trauma whilst the teeth were in a developmental stage, A temperature leading to poor formation of the enamel, tetracycline staining caused by some medicines, Enamel hypoplasia a hereditary genetic defect that affects the formation of enamel.
Treatment for staining and discoloration can vary depending on the cause. We may recommend something a simple as whitening the teeth or in some cases they may need to be covered with an aesthetic dental prosthesis such as veneers or crowns in severe circumstances.