Looking after your children’s teeth
Teeth are meant to last for your whole lifetime, and what happens to them during childhood can have a marked effect on how well they last through adulthood. Hanging onto your natural teeth for a lifetime requires good habits of oral hygiene. And these have to be taught by you as parents and also by your dentist in Mackay.
At Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay, we have seen what can happen to kids’ teeth if they are not given the discipline to brush them twice a day for 2 minutes. It’s not just their baby teeth that can suffer from decay. If they aren’t treated, the adult teeth waiting behind to come through can also be affected by decay.
Why kids get so many fillings
It takes a good few years for tooth enamel to become hard enough to resist decay bacteria. During this time, kids are mastering the skills of toothbrushing and the discipline of standing in front of a sink for 2 minutes twice a day, which is hard for someone bursting with energy. Add to the mix a lot of irresistible sugary snacks and drinks and you can see
why people get most of their fillings during childhood.
How you can help
Children learn by watching and copying so they need to be able to see you brush your teeth and to learn that coming to the dentist in Mackay is a positive experience. Start bringing them along to your own appointments when they are babies, and then to their own as soon as they get teeth.
How the dentist in Mackay can help
We understand that for some children visiting the dentist in Mackay can be a bit daunting so we are always extra-gentle with our small patients. We want to make sure they are happy to be here so they will make good dental habits that last a lifetime.
We can help protect your children’s teeth with treatments to harden the enamel and treatments that paint a barrier over their back teeth so decay bacteria can’t get to the enamel.
Our hygienists can also give them lessons in toothbrushing and teeth, taught in a fun and engaging way.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.