Great dental health and oral hygiene habits start early. Here at Oatlands Dental Lounge, we can support children of all ages by cultivating a good at-home routine, providing orthodontic care and responding quickly to the need for emergency treatment.
We consider each child’s impressionable state when visiting us and we strive to present a caring, safe and secure environment, in which your child is comfortable. Through positive reinforcement and consistent tailored care, there’s no reason why your child can’t have healthy and beautiful teeth as they progress through childhood, and towards their adult years.
Your child’s first visit
We recommend that you bring your child along with you to your own dental check-ups, to familiarise them with the dental practice environment. Your child’s first visit should be when their first teeth begin to come through, as this allows us to check whether they are developing correctly, and to advise you on how you can help care for them. During your child’s early visits with us, prevention is paramount. We will check for early evidence of thumb sucking, a misaligned bite, worn teeth and narrow jaws, so these issues can be kept an eye on and addressed if necessary, to promote a healthy mouth that will accommodate their adult teeth as they come through.
Our team thoroughly enjoy working with children of all ages and place a huge focus on fun, but informative communication that aims to motivate them to take control of their own dental health as they grow.
When might my child need orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment refers to the field of dentistry concerned with straightening teeth and improving their aesthetic, function and position. Orthodontic treatment is carried out with braces and can make a significant difference in improving how easy teeth are to clean and floss, which will ultimately prolong the health and beauty of your child’s smile in later life.
There are a number of explanations as to why your child’s teeth may be poorly positioned or aligned, including:
- A poor bite: this is when teeth do not meet together properly when the jaws are closed and can occur through suboptimal development of the upper and lower jaw.
- Loss of a tooth: a heavy knock to a tooth can lead to tooth loss, causing neighbouring teeth to drift into the available gap.
- A tooth is blocked from erupting: a small or narrow jaw can impede a tooth’s ability to erupt correctly, or even become blocked by an existing tooth, known as impaction.
- Breathing through the mouth: this can force the tongue to project forward when your child swallows. When this persists, the front teeth can shift out of position.
- Thumb-sucking and dummy use: consistent thumb sucking and dummy use is a common cause of protruding teeth. In severe cases, the front teeth become so affected that they cannot close together and jaw growth is impeded.
Will my child feel self-conscious wearing a brace?
Gone are the days when braces were notorious for being unsightly and causing lisps. The braces of today are more subtle, comfortable and less invasive than ever before.
In many cases, we are able to utilise tooth-coloured brackets and wires for a discreet appearance, bond the brackets to the inside surface of the teeth totally out of view, or in less severe cases, use a removable and transparent aligner such as InvisalignTM.
BACK TO General Dentistry
1. What are fissure sealants?
Fissure sealants are an excellent way of preventing tooth decay in younger patients.
All teeth have small grooves (known as fissures), particularly the premolars and molars. As these fissures are like indents on each tooth, it’s very easy for plaque to form on the surfaces of each tooth, in as little as several hours. Inadequate brushing and sugar consumption makes this far more likely, and this is where fissure sealants come in.
Fissure sealants are made of safe resin or plastic material and cover the grooves of your child’s molars and premolars (those most used for chewing) stopping bacteria and food particles from lingering and going on to cause decay.
2. How do I help care for my child’s teeth and gum health?
When you join your child for their routine appointment with us at Oatlands Dental Lounge, we will always answer questions you have about supporting your child’s oral and dental health efforts at home. We believe that offering tailored guidance to parents at every stage of their child’s tooth development is one of the vital cornerstones of good, long-term maintenance.
As well as providing advice on how you can help your child get the best out of using dental aids like brushes and floss, we’re always keen to teach parents about the role diet plays in the development of a child’s dental health. It may be that you’re unsure how to replace high sugar foods with choices your child will enjoy and need some inspiration, or you’re struggling to enthuse them to routinely drink water after and during meals to wash away food particles. Whatever challenges you’re facing, rest assured we’re here to help and never to judge.
3. Should my child see a hygienist?
Introducing your child to the hygienist at a younger age gives them an introduction to the importance of preventive care as they start to approach adulthood. We may also recommend routine hygienist appointments if your child is undergoing orthodontic treatment, as these can be key in making sure their teeth remain free from the risk of gingivitis and tooth decay during treatment.