FREE first kid’s dental appointments!

Ever wonder when or how to introduce your child to the dentist for the first time?

Dr. Sang talks us through when to bring the kids in and FREE first kid’s dental appointments!

To help and meet parents in the community we’re offering 3 free session for kids to have their first dental visit!

The sessions are: 
Dr. Austin Monday 20th May 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Dr. Andrew: Tuesday 21st May 11:45am – 12:45pm 
Dr. Sang: Wednesday 29th May 11:15am – 12:15pm

If you like our Facebook and Instagram page – you’ll also go into to the draw to win 1 of 4 Playdoh play dentist packs.

Please call or message us to arrange your FREE first dental appointment today!
(07) 3878 3889 

Baby Bottle Decay (Early childhood caries)

Baby Bottle Decay (Early childhood caries)

We’ve noticed that quite a few of our patients coming in are bringing in cute little babies too! Let’s take a look at some of the dangers baby bottle decay (aka early childhood caries) can create.

We quite frequently get asked ‘is there anything I need to worry about with newborns’ teeth?’

The one issue that newborns’ parents need to keep in mind is baby bottle decay (Early childhood caries). This commonly occurs in the top front teeth and can also affect others and starts when baby’s teeth are exposed for a long time to sugar – allowing bacteria to metabolise the sugar and cause decay.

The two things we can control then are – the bacteria in bub’s mouth and bub’s exposure to sugar. The bacteria is in all adults but not in young babies. Babies will inevitably get introduced to the bacteria but lessening the load can reduce the risk of decay. For that reason it’s best to try to not share eating utensil like spoons with bub for the first few months.

Reducing sugar is also the other way to lessen the risk of decay. This includes avoiding putting sweet drinks like juices into bottles and avoiding using bottles as a pacifier. Both of these aspects lead to bubs having long term exposure to sugars on teeth and together with the metabolising bacteria can cause decay in bub’s teeth.

Baby Bottle Decay (Early Childhood Caries)
Baby Bottle Decay (Early Childhood Caries) (source: @invent via unsplash.com)

A few tips to keep in mind when caring for bub:

  • Try not to share utensils like spoons and licking dummies.
  • After a feed, wipe your bub’s gums with damp gauze or washcloth
  • Remember to brush bub’s teeth when they first come in, and regularly every day after to enforce good habits with a non-fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Avoid filling bottles with juice – stick with breast milk, formula or water
  • Although hard to control, try to finish a feed and wipe over the mouth before putting bub to bed.
  • Don’t dip dummies into sugar or honey

A good time to bring bub into the dentist is when the first teeth start appearing so we can run through with you how to look after and clean bub’s teeth!

Dentist Tips For Kids

Dentist tips for kids – even as many adults can attest to, the dentist can be a very uncomfortable place for kids – but it doesn’t have to be! Use these 4 tips to get the littlies skipping in and out of the dental chair with big white smiles on their dials!

Bring the kiddies in when younger for a hassle free appointment 

Prevention really is key here. Bringing kids in for a check-up appointments when young prevents both traumatic appointments for kids as well as allowing us to spot potential issues earlier. This means less tears for the kids, you and your wallet!
 

Dentist Tips For Kids – Stay away from the big no-no word

There are some words we all cringe at. Even if kids don’t completely understand the dental jargon – they’re very good at picking up on negative connotations of words. Some kids really respond well to letting them know what is to be expected with fillings whilst others don’t so see what walk best for each of your children. Some words we use that work well when explaining procedures include:
 
  • Dentist Tips For KidsAnaesthetic – sleepy juice
  • Certain drills – tooth ticklers
  • Suction unit – mini vacuum
  • Tooth cleaning agents – tooth shampoo
  • Decay – bugs
  • Fillings – stars
 
Our staff work extensively with kids and love to spend the time explaining procedures to kids.
 

Let them know what the dentist does to help 

We have many aids and presents for kids to help them ease them into the dentist and help the look forward to the next appointment. These include:
 

TV’s on the ceilings

We give the kids the chance to choose what they would like to watch on tv whilst their teeth are being checked out. As many parents can attest to – Paw Patrol and Lego really help calm the jitters!
 

Presents for good kids

We have a treasure chest of toys that kids! After a good appointment the kids can look through the chest and choose a toy to take home with them. They can choose a toy every time they have a good appointment!
 

Polaroids 

We like to leave the family with good memories of the dentist so after we polish up that smile we like to leave the kids with a Polaroid to take home!
 

Bring them in in the morning

Kids tend to be more compliant in the morning – before they get too tired with the rigours of the day. Bringing the littlies in for a morning appointments shortly after breakfast also means that if they require anaesthetic they don’t have to worry about eating whilst being numb which can be harder to handle. Please contact us if we can help!

Deciduous teeth – When Do Baby Teeth Fall Out?

Baby teeth can sometimes be referred to as deciduous, primary or milk teeth. We often get questions about parents worried about baby teeth that have come out too early or have been retained for too long – so we’re here to with a guide of why they’re there, what to look for, when to look for it

Why do we need baby teeth?

 Although baby teeth are eventually replaced after exfoliation, it is very important to look after them as they serve several roles for kids. 

  • To use for eating a healthy nutritious diet

Having a healthy functioning baby teeth allows for great habits in chewing and eating

  • To act as a space saver for a straighter adult smile

A deciduous tooth will hold the necessary space for the adult tooth that will replace in. Each tooth also acts as a guide to help the adult tooth erupt into the right position. This is why losing teeth early through decay or trauma can sometimes lead to a lack of space and adult teeth erupting beyond their normal position

When should I expect teeth to fall out?

We get many questions and concerns about teeth that have seemingly held on forever or teeth that have exfoliated very early – especially when compared to classmates or siblings. The above chart can aid in knowing what is normal but also keep in mind there is natural variation amongst individual kids. What is also very importance is the sequence at which teeth are lost, as teeth exfoliating out of order can sometimes mean that an adult tooth is missing 

Other important things to remember about deciduous teeth include:

  • The enamel shell of baby teeth is thinner than adult teeth. Therefore it does not take long before a small hole to become large and painful.
  • Missing teeth is a generic trait – so it follows that if missing teeth are in the family, early diagnosis can open up more treatment options
  • Regular check-ups are very important in preventing small problems becoming more serious and in helping kids get used to easy dental appointments.

Please contact us on 3878 3889 or click here to ask online if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to see the friendly team at Polished Dental!