50 O’Brien St, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

Child Dentistry

Looking for a child dentist in Bondi? At Dentist Mandy, our dentists know that children are not just small adults. We know how to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable and use equipment specially designed for children in our kid-friendly clinic.

 

 

Dental visit for kids

It is recommended that you take your child for his or her first dental visit at around the age of 3 or 4 years of age, and then every six months thereafter. This is the best way for us to help your child learn good oral hygiene habits!

We will examine the development of your child’s teeth, teach your child how to brush properly, and offer you advice to safeguard against problems such as tooth decay or thumb-sucking. We provide preventive dental care and perform dental cleaning and fluoride treatments. We will also provide dietary recommendations from a dental perspective.

children-dentist-mandy-bondiDuring regular consultations, we will monitor any development of cavities and conduct early treatment. Sealants may also be used on children with high risks of cavities to protect the tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are encouraged for children with high risks of tooth decay.

The importance of your child’s baby teeth cannot be overstated. If your child’s primary teeth are lost prematurely due to injury or tooth decay, space maintainers can be provided to ensure your child’s adult teeth do not grow out misaligned.

Education plays a vital role in our paediatric treatments. We can help your child understand the importance of daily oral hygiene. We can provide habit counselling such as the use of pacifiers and baby bottles, thumb sucking and tongue thrusting to ensure healthy development of your child’s teeth. We will carry out early orthodontic assessments for your child to ensure your child’s permanent teeth have adequate space to develop and align correctly.

If your child has a medical history of diabetes, congenital heart defects, asthma, hay fever or attention deficit disorder, we can look out for the common problems associated with these conditions.

 

Common Dental Problems in Children

‘Baby bottle’ tooth decay (Early Childhood Caries)

‘Baby bottle’ tooth decay happens when your child’s teeth are frequently in contact with sugars from drinks like fruit juice, soft drinks, or any other sweet drinks. Even though your child’s baby teeth are eventually replaced by permanent teeth, they are important in guiding permanent teeth into their proper positions.

If baby teeth are damaged or lost due to tooth decay, the nearby teeth can tip or shift. Thus, your child’s adult teeth may become crooked or crowded due to lack of space space. This causes orthodontic problems, requiring braces to fix later in your child’s teenage years. Prevention is always better than cure. In severe cases of tooth decay, the root and bone structures of the baby teeth may be infected and can affect the growth of permanent teeth, leading to enamel defects and weaker permanent teeth.

To prevent ‘baby bottle’ tooth decay, never dip your baby’s pacifier in any sugary liquids and never put your baby to sleep with a bottle filled with drinks containing any sugar, not even diluted fruit juice! Gradually teach your baby to drink from a cup by the age of one to reduce their teeth’s exposure to sugar. Encouraging your child to use straws to drink sugary liquids helps to further minimise the exposure of your child’s teeth to sugar.

For more information on ‘baby bottle’ tooth decay, you can visit the following websites:
http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/statement-on-early-childhood-caries
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/what-is-baby-bottle-tooth-decay

 

Premature loss of baby teeth

The natural development of your child’s teeth is for the permanent teeth to develop underneath the gums until they are ready to erupt. The permanent teeth will then reabsorb the roots of the baby teeth, making them loose and eventually causing them to fall out. However, if a baby tooth is lost prematurely, the nearby teeth can shift into the space the lost tooth once occupied, causing insufficient space for the permanent tooth to erupt. This causes crooked or crowded teeth.

dental-problems-in-childrenIf there are cavities in baby teeth, fillings should still be done immediately to preserve the health of the baby teeth and the baby root canal. If the tooth has to be extracted, space maintainers should be used to hold the space previously occupied by the tooth.

Immunological diseases that decrease the baby’s ability to fight infections like diabetes can also contribute to premature loss of baby teeth in children.

 

Undesirable habits

Although thumb sucking and tough thrusting can be normal for infants, if your child continues to have such habits after infancy, your child’s teeth can be pushed out of alignment, causing them to protrude, creating an undesirable tooth or jaw misalignment. This can also interfere with proper speech development.

To encourage your child to stop thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, it is best to offer positive reinforcement and praise for avoiding the habit. If necessary, we also provide specific treatments to help them correct such habits.

For more information about thumb-sucking, please visit: https://www.aso.org.au/thumb-sucking-and-concerns

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Dental Trauma

As your toddler learns to walk and run and as your school-aged kid becomes more active in sport, they are increasingly at risk of dental injuries. As a preventive measure, you can make sure that your child wears a mouth guard to prevent trauma during sports. Injuries to the teeth include being knocked out, loosened, pushed up or fractures to the root and dental bone.

Knocked out baby teeth should not be replanted to avoid injury to the permanent tooth bud. For broken teeth, we may need to treat the nerve, or extracting the teeth depending on the prognosis and severity of the fracture.

children-dental-traumaIf your child has lost a permanent tooth in an accident, it can sometimes be reinserted. The success of replantation of a tooth depends upon the type of trauma, and the reinsertion time, which ideally should be less than 30 minutes.

First, clean the tooth with salt water and reinsert the tooth immediately in its socket. Hold it in place on your way to the dentist. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, it must be placed in a moist solution like milk, your child’s saliva, or contact lens solution immediately, and should never be allowed to dry out.

If your child suffers dental trauma without the loss of teeth, use a cold cloth or ice pack on the injured area to reduce swelling. And, please make arrangements to see us as soon as possible to have a dental examination.

For more information in relation to dental trauma, you can visit the following websites:
www.healthdirect.gov.au/dental-injury
http://dentalresource.org/topic50trauma.html

At Dentist Mandy, we love kids. We are committed to maintaining your child’s optimal oral health for a lifetime, starting from a good foundation at a young age. Contact us to book an appointment today to discuss your child’s oral health.

 

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