Dental Care For Children

Posted by: Dr. Tim Struwig

The sooner you start taking good care of your child's teeth, the healthier their teeth will stay throughout their lives. Children who have good oral hygiene will generally be healthier and happier than children who have dental issues. Here are 5 tips to improve your child's oral health.

1. Reduce Sugar Intake

The longer and frequently your child’s teeth are exposed to sugar, the greater the risk of cavities.
Make treats part of meals.
Avoid high carbohydrate / sugary sports drinks and juices.
Most fruit juices are high in sugar and low in nutritional value.

2. Brushing

A child cannot brush without help until they are about six to eight years old. So be sure to do the actual brushing or supervise until your child is old enough to take personal responsibility for the daily dental health routine of brushing and flossing.
Choose a soft, kid-size brush.
Replace the brush every three months.
Use no more than a pea-size amount of toothpaste on your child's brush.

3. First Dentist Visit

Your child’s first visit to the dentist should happen at age 2.

4. Fissure Sealants

Fissure sealants on your child’s first molars are a great preventative treatment for decay.

5. Make The First Visit Fun

Some children first see a dentist as an emergency because they have had a tooth injury or tooth infection. Often times the child then associates the dentist with pain. To overcome existing feelings of anxiety, plan the dental visit as learning experiences. Our friendly Dentist, Dr. Rona Struwig, specialises in children's dentistry and will make your child's dental visits fun and educational.

Did You Know?

Teeth start to form even before you are born—milk teeth or baby teeth start to form when the baby is in the womb, but they come through when the child is between 6-12 months old. Although all 20 baby teeth usually appear by age three, their pace and order of eruption may vary.

Permanent teeth begin appearing around age six, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors.