Children Dentist Near You
If you are looking for a children’s dentist near you, Star Health is conveniently located in South Melbourne and Prahran. For over 40 years, we have provided affordable dental care and a great experience for children visiting the dentist from a young age.
Our team prioritises making the trips to the dentist both positive and educational for your kids. We are experienced at handling nervous, young dental patients and are focused on helping them grow with an enthusiastic and optimistic approach to their dental health journey. Our dental clinic near you is equipped to conduct examinations, x-rays, attend to cavities and more.
Our goal is to be the dentist for kids of choice through affordable dental fees and by setting up a routine of preventative dental health, without the fear that is commonly associated when visiting the dentist. It is best to start early and understand the needs of your child in the early years of development, well ahead of their teenage years. We will motivate and teach the child, along with working closely with their parents to ensure correct diet and routines are also in place.
Common Dental Problems In Children
Children don’t always know that a bad habit could be causing damage to their teeth. As your children grow, keep in mind that planning routine dental check-ups is important. We recommend visiting a children’s dentist every 3 to 6 months, to prevent any future dental health problems.
Here are some of the common problems that could have a harmful effect on your child’s teeth:
While thumb sucking can be an endearing and adorable habit, can it also affect your child’s teeth? The answer is yes. It is important to break this habit as it can cause developmental issues in the mouth. The older a child gets, the more difficult it is to break the habit even though children will outgrow this habit at some point.
Some seem to think that thumb sucking isn’t a problem until permanent teeth come in, but that is incorrect. The force can cause the teeth to tip forward and may possibly cause malocclusions, such as:
- Anterior open bite – When the front teeth don’t come together but the molars do
- Posterior crossbite – Where the front teeth overbite and the molars underbite, creating misalignment throughout the teeth that cross over around the canines
- Anterior excessive overjet – A deep overbite where the top teeth significantly overhang the bottom teeth
How can you stop thumb sucking?
- Educating your child to stop this habit at a young age.
- Encourage strong chewing skills.
- Establish good feeding and swallowing patterns.
- Ensure that your child is breathing through the nose.
Cavities and tooth decay
Tooth decay can occur in both baby and permanent teeth; caused by acids wearing away the tooth’s hard surface layer, the enamel. Cavities, on the other hand, occur when food and bacteria left on the teeth after eating are not brushed away, softening the enamel layer until a hole (cavity) forms.
Here are a few ways to keep cavities and tooth decay away:
- Teach your children to brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, using a fluoride mouthwash and flossing between teeth.
- Provide a healthy diet; limiting sugary liquids such as sodas, juices, and sweet tea.
- Educate about the importance of maintaining good oral habits from a young age.
Gum disease, or gingivitis, is the inflammation of the gum tissue. This is caused by poor oral hygiene and accumulation of plaque. Plaque is a sticky, colourless film of bacteria that constantly forms on our teeth. If not removed or brushed away daily, it can harden into tartar.
How can you prevent gum disease?
- Regular brushing (at least twice daily).
- Flossing once per day.
- Scheduling a dentist appointment every 6 months for check-up and cleaning.
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is common in children and usually doesn’t require treatment, as it typically stops as they age. However, if it continues, it can lead to headaches, tooth and jaw pain, and to an extent, even wear away teeth.
How can you help your child to stop grinding their teeth?
- A mouth guard to protect teeth, if advised by your dentist.
- Reduction of stress.
- Relaxing jaw muscles at night by holding a warm wash cloth against the cheek and in front of the ear lobe.
- Stop habit of chewing on pencils, pens, or anything that is not food (if applicable).
When Should Your Child Visit The Dentist
Starting teeth maintenance young helps to ensure that they will have far less issues in the future. You should see a dentist for kids from the age of 1, or within 6 months of the first tooth appearing. We will help to explain the proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as do a modified exam.
With education, care and consultation, a dentist for kids will work with you and your child to provide an effective home care routine, and regular maintenance appointments, to keep teeth and gums healthy. We look forward to helping your child achieve optimum oral health. It is our priority that your kids have fun, positively remember the experience and start taking care of their own teeth.
You should also see the dentist if your child develops any of the following:
- a bad taste in the mouth that doesn’t go away.
- bleeding, red or swollen gums.
- pus coming from the gums.
- loose teeth (possibly caused by infected gums).
- abscesses (these can be under the teeth and will usually be very painful).
FREE Dental Care
For children up to 12 years, dental services will be free*. Government subsidies, however, will cover fees for children up to 12 years, as well as from 12 to 18 years old, if approved by Medicare or Centrelink.
The complimentary dental service will include dental x-rays, cleaning and scaling of teeth, as well as a full ongoing dental care plan. A key benefit of going to a children’s dentist near you is that you will be able to find any problems early on and also help your kids get used to these visits, so they will have less fear about going as they get older. Ensuring that you find the right dentist for kids will help to keep your kid’s teeth health for years to come.
Our Dental service is available at two convenient locations – South Melbourne and Prahran. If you would like to find out more about our dental fees, you can view them on our website. If you are facing any other health problems, feel free to check out our comprehensive list of services. Whether you’re looking for a GP doctor, dietitian, podiatrist, or physiotherapy services, rest assured our team is equipped to handle all of your needs.
Make an appointment with our children’s dentist by calling us on 9525 1300 or filling in our online form today.
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