We provide family dental care, including children’s dentistry, in our Joondalup office. Children’s dentistry is much more important than many parents realise. Even though they are the primary teeth and are all gone by the eighteenth birthday, they are important for establishing speech and bite patterns that will last for most of the adult’s life.
When your child is just beginning to develop, the primary teeth help them learn how to speak correctly and how to chew. They also act as “placeholders” beneath the gums for the spaces in which the permanent teeth will eventually grow. Primary teeth begin to grow in the jawbone as early as when a child is six months of age. This can start at birth or be delayed as long as one year after birth.
By the time your child is two to three years old, a full set of twenty primary teeth should have grown in. It is recommended that you start bringing your child to the dentist within six months after the appearance of their first tooth.
Early Oral Hygiene
It is important to begin practising good oral hygiene as early as possible, too. You should be brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first one appears. Start out brushing the teeth as the baby is lying on a changing table. Increase the time of sessions until they reach two minutes in length.
Try to sing your child’s favourite songs or recite nursery rhymes while brushing their teeth for them. This establishes a feeling in the child that brushing is a positive experience. This can be reinforced by offering some kind of a reward after every brushing. Also, you can use a children’s electric toothbrush to encourage brushing when they are old enough to start doing it themselves.
1300 Great Smile
Don’t leave your child’s dental health to chance. To learn more about children and their primary teeth, call us today: 1300 Great Smile ((08) 9404 9500)