PAEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

PAEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

Paediatric dentistry in south eastern Melbourne


YOUR CHILD'S DENTAL CHECK-UP

A child’s first visit to the dentist can be a fun adventure, especially at DI Dental Implant Centre.

The child dentists encourage parents to bring their children in once teeth begin to appear in the mouth, usually around 12 months old. This is the ideal time for your child’s first dentist appointment. 
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Bringing your child in at this age allows your dentist to pick up 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. It is great for a child to watch their parent or older siblings have a dental check-up.

A strong focus on preventative dentistry is taken; education on brushing habits, diet, hydration and regular dental visits are provided to ensure that all children are aware of how they can care for their own teeth to ensure they have healthy baby and adult teeth for life.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BABY TEETH

Baby, or deciduous teeth, are critical to the correct alignment and development of adult teeth. By instilling good oral hygiene habits, regular dental visits and diagnosis of possible complications early, we are able to treat and intervene to prevent further issues.

Brushing regularly from an early age ensures that children understand the responsibility to look after their teeth and the benefits of good diet and hydration. 
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FISSURE SEALANTS

Fissure sealants are a varnish applied to children’s teeth to prevent decay from developing in the deep grooves of the back molars. These grooves can be deep and narrow, making them difficult to clean effectively, even with a child’s toothbrush.

For susceptible teeth, the dentists regularly use fissure sealants to protect and strengthen these teeth. Like a nail polish, it is a white filling material that flows into the cleaned grooves of a child’s molar teeth. By filling these areas, children are able to clean their teeth more effectively and prevent further damage to teeth.

This is a very simple and painless preventative measure routinely used for children and takes only a few minutes to apply.

The ideal time to have sealants applied is immediately following the eruption of the first permanent molars, around age six and then subsequently after the second permanent adult premolars come through, between the ages of 11 and 13. However, there are occasions when baby molars require dental sealants if there is an indication of them developing tooth decay.

WHY CHOOSE EARLY INTERVENTION?

The formation and eruption of baby teeth provides a child with increased chewing and eating capacity but also improves speech function. In turn, the correct alignment of these teeth set up the adult teeth for eruption in the ideal position. When baby teeth are crowded, rotated, over-retained, removed or missing, it may lead to the poor positioning of adult teeth. Often, this requires complex orthodontic correction in teenage and adult years.
early intervention
Early intervention focusing on orthotropic, orthopaedic and orthodontic work 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 fixed and removable appliances may be used. Commonly used appliances are fixed onto the upper or lower teeth, creating space and aligning both baby and adult teeth. The best age for this is during 7-9 years old, which means that diagnosis is best done just before this growth spurt. Predicting and using a child’s peak facial growth can meet improvements in facial profile and tooth position met with minimal resistance and maximum change. 

These appliances are simple to use and provide efficient and stable results. Often, a child who uses these appliances may need further adjustment of their teeth in the future, but the change required is minimal, meaning less treatment time and less complexity in treatment.

Fixed orthodontic braces can be utilized on children as young as seven to correct poor positioning of teeth and jaws. Through a simplified braces approach, teeth have braces placed and teeth are aligned. As some baby teeth are in the mouth until age 14, alignment of these teeth allows for better form, function, and increasing predictability in the eruption of adult teeth. 
In some cases, an incredible change in tooth position and profile can be achieved in under a year, given early diagnosis and compliance. By undertaking these procedures, we can save treatment time, decrease the complexity of cases and improve facial profile and aesthetics at an early age, and allow natural growth to thrive.

Similarly, issues with breathing, airway development and sleep can greatly influence teeth position and facial profile. A combined medical and dental approach are taken to diagnose and treat patients at risk of these conditions and intervene as required. The soft tissues of the ears, nose and throat can create a resistance of blockages to the airways, resulting in inadequate saturation and consumption of oxygen. This leads to greater difficulties in everyday life, but also requires great adaptation and strain on the body to compromise. 

If you or your child has difficulty sleeping, snores, has frequent daytime lethargy or difficulty breathing, a dental visit could be the step to better health.

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