Introducing your child to our practice from an early age will help build a trusting relationship and dispel associated anxiety problems some people experience with dental health visits and procedures. These regular visits will make your child feel comfortable while attending our centre.
Preventive Dentistry can create the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums for the whole family. With a reasonable level of care, children today should expect to keep their natural teeth for life and avoid complex and costly procedures in the future.
Family support is vital, and it is recommended your child’s first appointment is made when they receive their first couple of teeth, around age one. This visit usually involves a brief check by one of our dentists to establish the health of their gums, check their teeth are coming through straight and advise on the best cleaning techniques. You may like to schedule your child’s appointments in conjunction with your own, as seeing you have your teeth examined often makes them more relaxed.
With regular visits, our team at Apple Dental can detect various dental problems in their very early stages and implement the necessary treatment to prevent them from developing.
Tooth sealants or fissure sealants are often applied to the biting surface of back teeth where cavities are most common. They are a protective barrier that fills the grooves of back teeth, making them easier to clean.
Fissure Sealants is a tooth-coloured resin material used to fill in the grooves and crakcs of the biting surfaces of children’s teeth to prevent tooth decay starting in these hard to reach places
Early detection of problems with emerging teeth or jaw misalignment can also mean any orthodontic treatment required can be completed in a shorter timeframe. This allows for a wider choice of treatment options to be considered, such as finer removable braces or clear aligners.
Diet and Decay
The most important aspect to remember is that children who constantly snack or graze on foods or drinks high in sugar will at significantly higher risk of tooth decay. Rather than the actual amount of sugar it is the frequency at which it is consumed that needs to be monitored. This is because bacteria (plaque) in the mouth produce acid when sugar is consumed and the mouth needs plenty of time in between sugary snacks to allow plaque acids to neutralise. Water consumed alongside sugary or starchy snacks may reduce acid levels in the mouth more quickly and slow down the tendency towards decay.