CREATING BEAUTIFUL SMILES WITH
Kids Dental Treatment
At Mooroolbark Family dental we look after kids, not just their teeth, and believe in providing comprehensive dental care for all ages while making the experience of going to the dentist as fun and stress-free as possible for both kids and parents.
Our staff understands the needs and concerns of children and their developing teeth, from their first baby tooth at 6 months to their wisdom teeth and beyond. Our focus is on providing preventative care to children and helping families establish lifelong habits for dental care. From general checkups and hygiene, to orthodontics, mouthguards for school sport and emergency care, our staff are highly trained and our surgeries are child-friendly and equipped with the latest technology to ensure that even children that may normally have difficulty at the dentist may be treated with understanding and care.
Dental phobias and anxiety often result from early childhood experiences and here at Mooroolbark Family dental we pride ourselves on helping create a lifetime of happy healthy smiles.
Tips for keeping kids calm during their dental visit
At times we get asked if we use nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”. Whilst it is generally safe to use, it cannot be used if your child has a cold or any other respiratory concerns. If it is considered appropriate to proceed it also means more strain and preparation for you and your child with fasting prior to the procedure. For this reason we prefer to use more holistic methods for calming children.
We encourage parents to stay with their child, to help give support and comfort to them. The best thing you can do is to stay where your child can see you and hold their hand. If you can’t stay, one of our friendly caring nurses will provide that reassuring comfort needed.
Research has shown that distraction is helpful in reducing pain and anxiety during procedures. Distraction involves helping your child to focus on things other than the medical procedure; for example, telling stories, talking about family or anything else that may help take their mind off the procedure.
While kids first teeth or primary teeth are replaced with permanent teeth as they grow and develop, it is important to ensure that good oral care is established early in life which will carry through into adulthood. We learn to care for our teeth when we are very young and these same habits often remain unchanged well into adulthood.
Infection and decay in baby teeth, not only cause discomfort and pain for both kids and their parents, but can also affect the developing permanent teeth leading to problems as they grow and erupt into the mouth. Early decay and loss of primary teeth can lead crowding, misalignment and can even affect jaw development, facial shape and proportions.
We recommend that children have their first visit when their baby teeth come in, as early as 6-12 months old. This allows our dentists, hygienists and parents to work together to care for kids’ developing teeth, get kids comfortable with the dentist early on and provide the best possible and a healthy foundation for a lifetime of dental and oral health.