CREATING BEAUTIFUL SMILES WITH
Kids Dental Treatment
At Mooroolbark Family Dental we look after your kids, not just their teeth. We believe in providing comprehensive dental care for all ages, We make the experience of going to the dentist as fun and stress-free as possible.
Our staff understands the needs and concerns of your 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 help your family establish lifelong habits for dental care. From general checkups and hygiene to orthodontics and mouthguards for school sport and emergency care. Our staff are highly trained and our surgeries are child-friendly. We are 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. 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. 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 you to stay with your 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. Telling stories, talking about family or anything else that may help take their mind off the procedure.
Why do baby teeth need to be treated if my child will lose them anyway?
Your kids first teeth or primary teeth will be replaced with permanent teeth as they grow and develop. However it is important to ensure that good oral care is established early in their life as this will carry through into their adulthood. We learn to care for our teeth when we are very young and these same habits often remain unchanged well into our 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. This may lead to problems as they grow and erupt into the mouth. Early decay and loss of primary teeth can lead to crowding, misalignment and can even affect jaw development, facial shape and proportions.
When should our child’s first visit to the dentist be?
We recommend that your child 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 their developing teeth. Kids get comfortable with the dentist early on and provide a healthy foundation for a lifetime of dental and oral health.