When should I bring my child for their first appointment?
We encourage parents to bring their children in to see a dentist once their teeth begin to appear in the mouth, usually around 12 months old. This allows us to pick up any abnormalities early on and identify any habits that may disrupt the development of your child’s teeth. It should be talked about as a positive experience and – if your child is brought in at this early age – it will be!
A simple examination should be all that is needed, and this will desensitise your child to the dental experience. Children are far better in the dental chair if they have seen a friend or family member have their turn first.
A positive experience is our goal.
When baby teeth are crowded, rotated, over-retained, removed or missing, this may lead to poor positioning of adult teeth. Often, this requires complex orthodontic correction in teenage and adult years. Simple analysis of your child’s breathing pattern and airway can indicate if any developmental issues impede correct tooth alignment.
We encourage early intervention focusing on orthotropic, orthopaedics and orthodontics. This allows our clinicians to facilitate change in a developing child, and provide a stable framework for the future of your child’s teeth.
A range of treatments may be used to encourage positive growth in your child. These include:
- Removable orthodontic appliances
- Fixed orthodontic braces
- Growth promoting appliances
- Removal of infected soft tissues and blockages
- Repair of heavily decayed and broken teeth
- Facilitation of good oral hygiene habits
- Healthy diet and water intake