Crookes & Jenkins Dental is a family-oriented practice. We love treating and caring for children. We offer helpful advice and an array of tips to parents. Your child’s oral health is important to their overall well-being. This is why it’s vital that parents are aware of symptoms and risk factors. The main risk factors for children are tooth decay and gum diseases.
Do you have any questions or concerns around your child’s oral hygiene? Ask one of our friendly staff how we can help. We can recommend some strategies and helpful tips. This ensures your child can have strong and healthy teeth right through adulthood.
When should I start taking my child to the dentist?
We recommend a child’s first dental check occur before two years of age. Sooner if you have any concerns about the development of their teeth and gums. The baby teeth are very important to the future development of your child’s mouth.
Our Dentists and Oral Health Therapists believe in establishing good oral health practices from an early age. Our aim is to keep visits fun and health focused. If there is a need to treat disease however, this care is provided in a safe and comforting environment.
Brushing baby teeth
For babies without teeth, wipe the gums every day with a clean washcloth to remove plaque. As the first teeth appear, use a small, soft toothbrush and water to clean the teeth.
When your child stops swallowing toothpaste, start to use a dab (size of a small pea) of low-strength fluoride toothpaste.
A child may need to still be supervised until the age of is eight or nine years’ old. Continue supervision until you are confident that good techniques are being used daily.
Eruption sequence for children’s teeth
Teeth start to form within the jawbone before birth. Most baby’s first tooth erupts at about six months of age. Although the sequence can vary with each child.
- Some children’s teeth appear as early as birth or as late as the child’s first birthday.
- The average child has a full set of 20 primary teeth by the age of about three years.
- Most children’s 28 permanent teeth are normally through by the age of about 11-13 years.
- Wisdom teeth in most teenagers usually erupt between the ages of 17-21 years.
Thumb sucking and dummies
Thumb sucking or finger sucking in babies and toddlers is normal. When teeth begin coming through, thumb or finger sucking may cause the misalignment of teeth. This can result in speech disorders.
Is your child still thumb or finger sucking after the age of six years old? If so, positive reinforcement techniques may need to be used.
If this does not work, ask your dentists about positive and effective methods that are likely to stop the habit. A well-designed dummy is less likely to lead to orthodontic problems later in childhood.