Childrens Dentistry Melbourne
At Elwood Family Dentist, We believe that prevention is the best approach and encourage routine and regular examinations with our friendly team once your child develops teeth.
We provide a calming, fun and friendly environment where your child is encouraged to be excited for caring for their teeth. From a wide selection of toys in our patient lounge, to our tooth fairy dental assistant who will sing songs and goodies to your child, our goal is to get them smiling and laughing and looking forward to coming back.
If you have any questions regarding any aspect of Children’s Dentistry, please contact our friendly Smile Coordinators on 9531 8095, or send us an inquiry and we would be delighted to assist.
Babies develop teeth while they are still in the womb. Newborns have a full set of 20 baby teeth hidden in their gums. Teething usually occurs between the ages of 6 months and 3 years and some babies/infants may feel discomfort as new teeth emerge. Children usually have their full set of 20 primary teeth (milk teeth, baby teeth or deciduous teeth) by the age of 3 years.
Possible signs of teething include:
- Restlessness during the day and sleeplessness at night
- Increased dribbling
- Rise in temperature
- Red and swollen gums which feel hard and pointed when pressed
- Rubbing gums together in a grinding motion
- Being fussy or choosy with food
- Placing objects or fingers in mouth.
Giving your baby something cool to bite on can relieve the pressure and ease the pain. You could try the following:
- Rub a finger over your baby’s sore gums to numb the pain temporarily.
- Give your baby a teething ring. Solid silicone-based teething rings are recommended over liquid-filled products, which could leak and can’t be sterilised. You could try putting the teething ring in the fridge for a while before giving it to your baby.
- Let your baby chew on a soft face washer.
Cleaning Your Baby’s Teeth
Start as soon as the first tooth appears. Wipe the front and back of each tooth twice a day (or after each feed), using a finger wrapped in a clean damp face washer or gauze.
- Introduce a soft children’s toothbrush at 12 months (earlier if tolerated by the infant).
- Only use water to brush your infant’s teeth in the morning and before bed, until 18 months of age.
- Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste from 18 months to 6 years of age.
- Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing, do not rinse.
Using Dummies (Pacifiers, Comforters)
Orthodontic dummies are flatter than traditional cherry-shaped dummies. They’re shaped to encourage your baby to suck in the same way they do whilst breastfeeding.
- Do not put jam, honey, condensed milk or other sweet substances (eg. glycerine) on your baby’s dummy as this can cause serious tooth decay.
- Sucking your child’s dummy before giving it to your child can increase the risk of tooth decay by transferring bacteria from your mouth to your baby’s.
- Do not allow your baby to use dummies shared with other children or picked up off the floor.
- Dummies should be discarded when child is 12 months old.
Overuse or incorrect use (e.g. beyond school age) of a dummy may lead to mouth and dental problems such as:
- Incorrect positioning of teeth – teeth may be pushed forward so that the bottom and top teeth at the front don’t meet properly.
- Mouth breathing – your child may tend to breathe through their mouth rather than their nose. This is often linked to long-term dribbling.
- Speech and language problems – your child may not use the full range of tongue movements that are necessary for making all the speech sounds and may have fewer opportunities to use sounds to communicate.