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Dental Care for Children

We understand the importance of children’s oral health, and our goal is to provide a solid foundation of dental health knowledge and awareness for your child. Dental care for children is essential, and it establishes and instils positive dental health practises at an early age. We are also committed to monitoring your child’s dental development.  

Our dental team is trained to work with children, and we understand the unique circumstances of providing dental care to kids. We strive to provide a stress-free and positive experience for both you and your child. Your child’s oral health remains our primary concern throughout the treatment.

Fissure sealants are a vital part of preventative dentistry, particularly for teens and young children.

Teeth with fissure sealants collect fewer bacteria and food particles and prevent cavities from forming.

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What are baby teeth?

Primary teeth, also called baby or milk teeth, usually begin erupting at around six months of age. These teeth will naturally fall out as a child gets older and are replaced with permanent, adult teeth. Children typically have 20 baby teeth.

  • 4 central incisors
  • 4 lateral incisors
  • 4 canine teeth
  • 8 molars

When should I schedule my child’s first dental appointment?

Children should see a dentist for the first time at around six months or after their first tooth emerges. We offer help and advice to mothers before and just after their baby is born. Initial, positive visits to the dentist promote a relationship of trust and confidence between your child and their dentist. Our goal is to help your child feel comfortable about their visit and help them develop good lifelong oral habits.

What should my child expect during their visit?

The dental and medical professionals at Platinum Dental Care create a calm, comforting environment for your child. At each visit, you can expect:

  • A check-in, and initial welcome at the reception desk of our dental practice.
  • To meet and become familiar with the dentist or oral hygienist/dental therapist.
  • Diet advice.
  • Depending on your child’s age, we may demonstrate brushing and flossing techniques.
  • Depending on your child’s oral hygiene, they may have their teeth cleaned and polished, although this is age-dependent.

How do I clean my child’s teeth at home?

Dental care for children includes good oral health practises at home. Toddlers should use a small toothbrush, which has been designed for their age, one to two times a day. Children under the age of 6 years should brush their teeth under the supervision of a parent once a day at bedtime and on one other occasion for two minutes, each day. To brush their teeth, have them stand in front of you, facing forward with their head tilted back. Their dentist or dental hygienist/therapist can share other techniques to ensure your child develops good oral habits.    

How to make the trip to the dentist fun for a child

  • Talk positively about the dentist in your home.
  • Read books about characters who are going to the dentist.
  • Play music or tell stories during your child’s appointment.
  • Visit your dentist twice a year, so your child becomes familiar with what a dental check-up entails, and so the dentist can catch any dental issues early.

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