Blackwood

356 Shepherds Hill Road
08 81781190; 0406833537

Aberfoyle Park

5 The Mall
08 82704011; 0480 266 435

Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that will pay lifelong dividends. You can start by setting an example; taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued. Anything that makes taking care of teeth fun, like brushing along with your child or letting them choose their own toothbrush, also encourages proper oral care.

To help your children protect their teeth and gums and greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, teach them to follow these simple steps:

Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque, the sticky film on teeth that is the main cause of tooth decay.

Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under the gumline, before it can harden into tartar. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a professional cleaning.

Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods, which produce plaque acids that cause tooth decay. When you do eat these foods, try to eat them with your meal instead of as a snack. This limits the frequency of acid attacks on the teeth.

Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste.

Take your child to the dentist for regular check-ups.

What should I do if my child chips, breaks or knocks out a tooth?

With any injury to your child’s mouth, you should contact your us immediately. We will want to examine the affected area and determine appropriate treatment. If your child is in pain from a broken, cracked or chipped tooth, call us immediately on 08 8178 1190. You may want to give an over-the-counter pain reliever to your child until his/her appointment. If possible, keep any part of the tooth that has broken off and bring this with you. If a tooth is completely knocked out of the mouth by an injury, bring the tooth to us as soon as possible. Handle the tooth as little as possible, do not wipe or otherwise clean the tooth. Store the tooth in a cup of fresh milk until you get can see us. It may be possible for the tooth to be placed back into your child’s mouth, a procedure called re-implantation.

When should my child begin flossing?

Because flossing removes food particles and plaque between teeth that brushing misses, the sooner your child masters how to use floss and it becomes a daily routine the better. A parent can assist young children. By the time they reach age eight, most children can begin flossing for themselves.

What are dental sealants and how do I know if my child needs them?

A dental sealant creates a highly effective barrier against decay. Sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of a child’s permanent back teeth, where most cavities form. Applying a sealant is not painful and can be performed in one dental visit. We can tell you whether your child might benefit from a dental sealant.

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