Paediatric Dentistry Melbourne
We'll help your children develop good oral health habits for life.
We make sure children feel welcome at Freedom Dental by creating a friendly, calm and positive environment at our dental practice.
Your little ones will be pampered with little luxuries such as reward stickers, show-bags and an invitation to watch their favourite show during their treatment. We'll teach them about dental care in a way they can understand, using positive and encouraging language to set them on the path to great oral health.
Our dentists are here to help your family every step of the way, from the moment the little ones get their first tooth right through to adulthood.
Milestones of your child's oral health journey
Most babies get their first tooth at around 6 months, but some can be as early as 3 months while others can take over 12 months to sprout. Then it's a long road until they grow all their primary teeth (baby teeth), usually by the age of 3 years.
Teething can be a difficult time for babies and parents, with sore, swollen gums giving the little ones plenty to cry about. Teething toys and cold, soft food such as yoghurt can help to ease this discomfort, and some babies respond well to having their gums gently rubbed.
If you're finding it hard to comfort your child, bring them in for a check-up. Our child-friendly team will check that their teeth are developing normally and we may be able to prescribe a pain relief gel that can be rubbed onto their gums.
Starting to brush
One of the most common questions parents ask us is when they should start to brush their child's teeth. We recommend that you start as soon as their first teeth come through, though you shouldn't use toothpaste until they reach the age of 2 or 3.
A soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime. Even just brushing with water will help to remove plaque bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. We can provide you with a free toothbrush suitable for your baby and replace it every six months when they come in for their routine hygiene appointment.
When a child is old enough to be taught to spit out their toothpaste rather than swallow it, they're ready to be introduced to fluoridated toothpaste. This is usually around the age of 3. Make sure you monitor your child's brushing and that no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is used, and encourage them to spit out the excess toothpaste after brushing. Too much fluoride can cause fluorosis, which can damage their teeth.
Their first visit to the dentist
We recommend that your child visits us for their first appointment when they grow their first tooth, or by 1 year of age. This is the perfect time to start familiarising them with our comfortable clinic, so they should develop positive associations with dental care right from the start.
We believe in creating a positive, supportive and non-judgemental environment at Freedom Dental, and our friendly team will use encouraging language during all of your child's visits. When they're seated in the dentist's chair, we'll put on their favourite cartoons and gently count and assess their teeth. We won't normally use dental x-rays for young children, unless their dentist feels this is necessary.
We'll also offer advice to you and your children about how to take the best care of their teeth and what food and drink they should avoid for the benefit of their oral health. Click here to read more.
Losing their first tooth
By the time your child's baby teeth start falling out as their permanent teeth come through, they should be old enough that the experience is no longer distressing. And it's not as painful as teething!
Your child will normally lose their first tooth naturally around the age of 6, the last ones around age 12 or 13. After a tooth falls out, you should encourage your child to rinse their mouth with warm water, which can also help to control any bleeding. They should also be advised not to brush too strongly when their gum is still sensitive.
If your child loses a tooth early, either due to an accident or tooth decay, you should come in to see us. It's important to fight tooth decay even when your child still has their baby teeth, as the spread of plaque can lead to gum disease or abscesses forming. You should also contact us if your child loses their tooth naturally but their permanent tooth takes longer than 6 months to appear.
What children's dental treatments do we offer?
From fillings to extractions, our dentists can offer many of the same treatments for children as we can for adults. However, there are certain treatments we may recommend for younger patients to help protect their oral health at this important time.
Contact us to arrange your child's appointment
If you want to know more or if you have any enquiries about your child's oral health, get in touch with our team at Freedom Dental. We'll answer any questions you have and show you around our children's facilities so you can be confident your little ones are in good hands. Contact us today.