Children's oral health can be optimal when a dental home is established early.
Childhood is a critical time in life for all growth and development. Much of what happens to affect the health of your child will influence the health and wellbeing of the future adult your child will grow up to be.
Children's dentistry will help support the healthy growth and development of your child’s future adult face, dentition and smile. Hence it is important for dental care to commence in early childhood.
Most acquired dental and oral diseases which occur during childhood are also completely preventable.
The role and impact of self care routines and dietary habits we have as adults are behaviours that are taught and established for children, by their parents or care-givers. What you teach your child about dental care will be pivotal for both their lifelong dental, oral and overall health.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
The Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry recommends a child’s first dental visit be conducted within 6 months from the eruption of their first tooth, and no later than at 12 months of age.
The aim at the first dental visit is to provide you, the parent, with anticipatory guidance in relation to managing your child’s oral health, dental care and developing diet.
The dental team can also build a positive rapport with your child in early years, before treatment is required. This will help your child become a confident little patient, comfortable with routine dental visits as a regular part of their life.
Waiting until your child has a dental problem, before establishing a dental home, may result in more complex issues and perhaps, extensive dental treatment. You and your child may miss a window of opportunity in preventing future dental problems and minimising the need for invasive dental procedures.
Anticipatory Guidance in Children's Dentistry
Growth and development is very predictable. It can be anticipated and guided through education and carefully timed interventions. Anticipatory guidance involves anticipating problems, preventing them from occurring and addressing them when they first occur, to prevent ongoing issues.
Learning the different stages of your child’s oral, facial and dental development and how to provide the best care for each successive stage will enable preventable pitfalls and problems to be avoided.
Teaching your child consistent self care routines and dietary habits early will help establish powerful and positive behaviour patterns, likely to influence your child's whole life.
We value providing timely guidance and advice regarding preventive dental care, anticipated milestones, likely concerns and future treatment needs for your child, to help you support their dental development and plan for what may be ahead.
Children's Dentistry can be a Positive Routine for both Parents and Children
At Melbourne Dentistry, our aim is to help your child achieve and maintain excellent oral health, a well-functioning bite and a beautiful smile throughout life. We value providing the highest quality comprehensive dental care in an environment comfortable for both child and parent.
Dr Maria and her team have a wealth of experience in putting children at ease during their dental visits. We will do our best to help your little ones grow up to become confident and consistent adult dental patients. We focus on preventive dental care and recommend this begin early. Hence, we treat youngsters of all ages.
Dental Appointments for Children
Our dental team encourages parents to remain in the room with their children during the course of treatment, to minimize any anxiety for either child or parent.
The behaviour management techniques we use focus on providing a positive and fun environment for children during their appointments. Children may then be encouraged to learn, appreciate and value caring for their teeth, while in a comfortable and pleasant environment they enjoy, and are happy to return to.
A successful dental visit will also give you peace of mind in managing your child’s dental health. Parents are also encouraged to always speak positively about dental care and the dentist when talking to children. This is to reinforce a positive thought process and attitude regarding dental health and dentistry.
A Child-Friendly Dental Practice
Our dental practice is child friendly. We have a wide selection of children’s books and non-toxic wooden toys for your child to feel catered for, and engaged with, before their appointment.
May we suggest a list of children’s dental books to read at home and subsequently discuss with your child for positive guidance about dental health. This list is available for you as a patient information sheet in ourresourcessection (Suggested Reading - Dental Books for Children).
Your child will also receive an age appropriate 'Healthy Smile' dental pack and dentally relevant accomplishment stickers, colouring in sheets or balloons to take home after each of their visits at our practice.
We are proud to say our junior patients enjoy coming back for their maintenance visits - the little ones leaving with a big smile and positive sense of accomplishment for themselves, with encouragement from our team.
We look forward to keeping your children’s teeth strong, clean and healthy and protecting their smile for life!