Preventive Care

018Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene measures should start at birth. The gum pads of an infant should be gently wiped with a moist cloth or gauze following each feed.

Toothbrushing

The eruption of the first tooth signals the time to introduce a tooth brush to gently clean the teeth. Teeth should be cleaned twice a day throughout life. The toothpaste to be used will depend on each child's individualized needs. Generally, a child may be introduced to full strength fluoride toothpaste around their sixth birthday.

Flossing

The use of dental floss is encouraged once a tooth is in contact with another. The tooth brush bristles cannot access the area between teeth with contacts and dental flossing will supplement the brushing for these areas. There are several aids available to make flossing easier for children.

Fluoride Supplements

The routine use of additional fluoride supplements (eg. fluoride drops and tablets) is no longer recommended.

The Child's First Dental Visit

The Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry recommends the child's first dental visit should be conducted within 6 months from the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age. At this visit the parents will obtain anticipatory guidance in regards to their child's oral health. Waiting until the child has a dental problem before visiting the Paediatric Dentist may result in the requirement for extensive dental treatment.

To discuss the importance of these issues or any other information regarding children's teeth, please make an appointment by contacting us at Prime Childrens Dental Care.
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