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Children’s Dentistry

Children’s Dentistry Melbourne, Richmond and Hawthorn

When it comes to children’s dentistry, our philosophy at Elevate Dental is that prevention is the best treatment. We are committed to providing family and children’s dentistry with experience, compassion and kindness, so when you visit us, you can be confident knowing your family is getting the best care possible.

What is Children’s
Dentistry?

 
Children’s dentistry is mainly preventive measures like teaching, regular dental checkups and forming relationships. Children can have their first visit as young as two years old, and while most do not need dental work, this is a great time for us to examine their teeth and gums to ensure their oral development is following a healthy path. We can also introduce the concept of proper brushing at this age, and begin teaching them that oral health is an important and normal part of overall health.

When it comes to children’s dentistry, our philosophy at Elevate Dental is that prevention is the best treatment. We are committed to providing family and children’s dentistry with experience, compassion and kindness, so when you visit us, you can be confident knowing your family is getting the best care possible.

What is Children’s Dentistry?

Children’s dentistry is mainly preventive measures like teaching, regular dental checkups and forming relationships. Children can have their first visit as young as two years old, and while most do not need dental work, this is a great time for us to examine their teeth and gums to ensure their oral development is following a healthy path. We can also introduce the concept of proper brushing at this age, and begin teaching them that oral health is an important and normal part of overall health.
Alvin A

Dr James is an awesome dentist, I’ve had my pearly whites looked after by him for as long as I can remember and cannot fault his services. From cleaning to general filling, root canals and mouth guards, he does an excellent job. He is always mindful of your comfort and his staff are excellent too. Never had to do any rework because his work is top-notched. Thanks, James!

Alvin A

How do I Help My Child Overcome Fear?

We know that children can be afraid of a doctor or dentist and we encourage you to bring your children to your dental exams, so they begin to feel comfortable with us. We can offer them rides in the dental chair, creating excitement when it is time for their first dental exam. And when they do have that first exam, we are committed to helping them not only feel comfortable, but to actually enjoy the experience. Whether they sit back to enjoy a cartoon on Netflix or look forward to an after-visit gift, we will help your child feel safe and comfortable on all their visits with us.

How do I Help My Child Overcome Fear?

We know that children can be afraid of a doctor or dentist and we encourage you to bring your children to your dental exams, so they begin to feel comfortable with us. We can offer them rides in the dental chair, creating excitement when it is time for their first dental exam. And when they do have that first exam, we are committed to helping them not only feel comfortable, but to actually enjoy the experience. Whether they sit back to enjoy a cartoon on Netflix or look forward to an after-visit gift, we will help your child feel safe and comfortable on all their visits with us.

Your Child’s First Dental Exam

So, you’ve scheduled your child’s first dental exam, and sometimes anxiety sets in. Questions arise like what if my child has a temper tantrum? What if my child cries? How can I help? No need to worry because these simple precautions and guidelines can help:

Prepare

Begin preparing yourself and your child for their first dental visit. You can read children’s books or watch videos made to prepare them for their first visit. Check your local library or online for those that are suited to your child’s personality.

Bring your child to one of your dental exams or an exam of a family member and allow them to watch. Obviously, they do not need to witness a tooth extraction, but allowing them to see a routine examination will show them that it is a perfectly natural process. Asking the dentist to give them a ride in the dental chair can go a long way to helping your child feel comfortable.

Also, when you make your child’s first dental visit, inform our staff that it is their first and let them know of any anxieties or fears your child may have. We can then prepare and ensure they feel safe and comfortable during their appointment.

The Exam

If your child is too small, they can sit on your lap in the dental chair. The dentist will explain the procedure then have a look around the mouth, gums and teeth. Many parents like to bring toys or blankets so the child feels safe, and we can provide entertainment if it helps. After the initial search for cavities or other dental issues, we may do a cleaning and show your child how to use a toothbrush, as reinforcement. If you have any questions or concerns, we can address those during this time.

Why Children’s Checkups are Important

Even though children have baby teeth, it is important they get regular dental checkups. Routine exams help your child become used to the office visits while reinforcing good oral hygiene habits. At the same time, it keeps small problems small because they can be treated right away, and that means your child is less likely to experience a dental emergency or pain associated with extensive dental problems. Here are the main reasons why routine dental exams are important:

Oral health

We can monitor tooth development and see if proper brushing is taking place. If not, we can help teach your child good habits and even chat about good dietary habits, if needed. Many parents find this helpful since children learn good and healthy habits when they are reinforced by others.

Cavities

Even baby teeth can get cavities, and it’s not always due to a diet high in candy. Some kids just have softer teeth that are more prone to decay, while medications may cause decay for others, in spite of their best brushing efforts. In either case, a cavity that gets out of control can be devastating for your child. But regular dental checkups help us catch problems fast before they cause pain or worse dental issues.

Crowded teeth

Wisdom teeth or a smaller jaw can cause teeth to become crowded and crooked. This can result in pain, hidden areas of decay leading to cavities and lowered confidence to smile. We at Elevate Dental believe that the sooner we can correct this issue, the less intrusive it is for your child. With routine exams, we can monitor your child’s dental development and make a plan to ward off crooked teeth or find the best option to deal with it when your child is young. Early intervention often results in less pain and shorter treatment time, so your child can enjoy smiling for their entire childhood.

Tips for Your Child’s Dental Visits

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Be lighthearted and happy when you discuss their upcoming dental visit. Children pick up on anxiety and fear, but keeping a light approach will help them feel confident.
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Do not schedule appointments during regular nap times.
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Ensure your child has a light meal before the appointment, and brushes his or her teeth afterwards.
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Plan a fun and healthy snack for them after the visit.
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Bring a toy or book for them while in the waiting room or in the dental chair.

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Our experienced staff and dentists here at Elevate Dental in both Richmond and Hawthorn will help your child feel safe and comfortable for all their dental visits. Call today to schedule an appointment for your child, and we look forward to serving you.

Call Today

Our experienced staff and dentists here at Elevate Dental in both Richmond and Hawthorn will help your child feel safe and comfortable for all their dental visits. Call today to schedule an appointment for your child, and we look forward to serving you.
Michael N

Had a great experience at this office. Really happy with the results, and looking forward to visiting regularly!

Michael N

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