When you have children, your world utterly changes.
Whether you have just added you first or your fifth child to your family unit, you will undoubtedly want to ensure that all of their needs are met. And, as many parents are aware, very few children are overly eager to attend a dental check-up, so it is important to choose this aspect of their healthcare wisely.
It is easy to assume that child based dental care and adult based dental care are the same, but they aren’t; children’s teeth generally have thinner enamel and are more prone to issues such as tooth decay. Of course, as ‘baby teeth’ are not permanent, they require a different level of care to ensure that when the adult teeth emerge, they are healthy.
But if you are new to looking for a Coorparoo family dental practice, what should you look for in a dentist? And, more importantly, what services should they be able to provide for your child? Read on to find out!
As mentioned before, children’s teeth have a thinner layer of enamel, which can lead to a higher incidence of tooth decay.
When searching for a family dental practice, ensure that the dentist is able to offer fluoride sealants. In layman’s terms, if your child’s dentist spots an early indication of decay, they should be able to offer the application of a fluoride sealant, which creates an invisible barrier between the tooth and any decay-causing bacteria. This will protect your child’s tooth against decay, without the need for fillings.
While brushing your teeth comes naturally to adults, it can be tough for younger children to get the technique right.
When you and your partner choose a family dental practice, ask the child dentist if they are able to provide your child with brushing tips. This may involve the use of an oversized, resin tooth and a large toothbrush, but it should be a fun experience which is also educational.
Advice on diet
Every parent knows that children like sweets.
While all parents want to provide their children with a balanced, varied diet, visits from grandparents and other relatives can get your children chomping on chocolate more than you would like!
One way to choose a suitable dentist for your child is to enquire about how they offer dietary advice to your child and if, like the brushing technique, they make it fun!
While it may seem that all dental professionals are the same, it is important to choose one who has expertise in child based dentistry.
This will ensure that your child undergoes all of the required assessments (such as orthodontic) and has access to the most suited treatments, in a compassionate, fun setting.
Aim to make sure that the dentist you choose for your child is friendly!
Early childhood experiences of dentists with a poor chairside manner can have a lasting impact on your child’s perception of this health professional later in life, so choose them carefully!
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.