One of the most important aspects of childhood development is good oral health. To support the overall health and well-being of local kids, we offer the Sutherland Shire paediatric dentistry services from our surgery in Miranda.
Healthy baby teeth enable children to eat solid foods and are essential in the development of their jawbone, ensuring there is enough space for adult teeth to come through in the correct position. Baby teeth also help with sounding words correctly as children learn to speak.
It is important children are introduced to dental visits early – we recommend the first visit occurs when they are around three-years-old. This can help reduce anxiety about going to the dentist, plus it allows your dentist to monitor development and cleaning habits.
Adult teeth start coming in when children are aged 6-7. It is important children have the best dental care available as they transition from their baby teeth to their adult teeth. Regular dentist visits mean early detection, and when abnormalities or decay are caught early, then treatment can be minimal and less invasive.
We can also offer orthodontic assessment and treatment in young children, around the age of six. This is referred to as interceptive orthopaedics and is based on the philosophy of early intervention to minimise the need for extensive orthodontic treatment in later years.
Not just concerned with straightening teeth to create a beautiful smile, orthodontics is focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems with tooth and jaw alignment.
Through the use of corrective appliances such as braces, plates, splints and clear aligners, orthodontics aims to ensure your bite, mouth and jaws are aligned correctly and working in perfect harmony so as to maintain long-term oral health.
There are many benefits to offering your child orthodontic treatment. Some of these are:
- Ability to clean their teeth and gums more easily;
- Reduced risk of tooth decay due to better oral care;
- Decreased risk of trauma if there are no overly prominent teeth;
- Better function and less wear on their teeth due to better alignment;
- Improved profile and appearance;
- Increased confidence and self-esteem.
Here we answer frequently asked questions about children’s dental health.
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