Children’s Dentistry

Strong and healthy teeth are very important for growing children. They help kids in getting proper nutrition and are a gateway to a beautiful smile and confident future.

As a parent, it is very important for you to have knowledge to look after your children’s dental health.

Our dentists ensure that from toddler to teenage years, your children’s teeth are well looked after and you and your kids are educated on the importance of oral hygiene, so they can have a future of beautiful smiles.

We specialised in working with families. We understand that for many adults and children alike, going to the dentist is generally not a favorite activity. That is why we ensure that we make every visit as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

What is Interceptive Orthodontics?

Interceptive orthodontics intends to help in managing growth and help in aligning the growing jaw bones in the right position. It also helps in correcting habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrust, lip sucking, open bites, snoring, mouth breathing.

What are the conditions our dentists can help you with?

The conditions that we can help, are shown in below images:

What are the techniques used in interceptive orthodontics?

Rapid Palatal Expansion

Fixed customised appliances are used for the expansion of the upper jaw. The suitably expanded jaw enables correction of a cross-bite and elimination/ reduction of overcrowding of teeth. In addition to esthetic improvement it improves breathing ability in growing children.

Partial Fixed Braces

Partial Fixed braces are used for expansion of one or both jaws to create space for crowded teeth. They are also used to correct excessive protrusion, deep bites and open bites to improve jaw bone growth and decrease the chance of dental trauma due to malpositioning of teeth.

Sequential Extractions

Sequenced removal of specific baby teeth is undertaken to help in proper eruption of permanent teeth.

Space Maintainers

Space-Maintainers help in maintaining the required space at the position of tooth loss and allows room for the eruption of subsequent permanent tooth at the same position.

There are a number of other specialised appliances which are available to correct malocclusion in growing children. Our dentists can provide you with a suitable pathway and options for appliances.

What is the correct age to start the interceptive orthodontic treatment?

It is recommended that all children between ages 7-11 years of age book in for a consult to assess if we can help them by utilising growth to achieve a balanced facial profile in future. Also you can book in a consult at our clinic if you notice any of the above mentioned conditions in your child. Please click below to learn more about Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

Good Habits and Tips for Children

Kids love routine so it is very important to maintain a consistent and daily oral program with your child from birth.

  • For 0 months to 2 years old children, parents should ensure that they wipe their child’s gums with a warm wet wash cloth, small gauze pad, or a finger cot after every feed. This removes excess food and bacteria to help prevent caries. Once, more teeth start to appear, brush them with the smallest, soft bristled toothbrush you can find. Do not use toothpaste.
  • For children 2 years and over use only a pea sized dot of low fluoride containing toothpaste to brush their teeth. A range of children toothpaste and toothbrushes specific to their ages are available in local shopping centers and pharmacies.
  • Children should be taught to brush twice a day. Flossing can be started once the teeth meet each other, around 2-3 years of age.
  • Children need parental help with brushing until 7 years of age.
  • Do not put your child to bed with a bottle filled with milk, juice or formula. The substances will sit on your child’s teeth while they are sleeping and cause decay.
  • If your child falls down, and experiences trauma to their teeth, lips or tongue please bring them in as soon as possible to have one of our dentists assess and provide the necessary care.
  • A balanced diet is essential for a child’s development. Feed your child a variety of healthy foods; they are beneficial for the teeth, bones and soft tissue of the mouth. Your child’s diet should include all the five major food groups – fruits, vegetables, breads/grains, milk products, and meat/poultry or fish. Avoid starchy and foods high in sugar content – they may lead to tooth decay.