Children’s Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia during the fourth week of October. The week focuses the attention of the wider community on children, their needs and achievements.
As part of our support of Children’s Week, Comfort Dental Centre Buderim would like to emphasize the importance of dental hygiene at an early age.
If children have good oral habits and healthy teeth while young, they have a great chance of having them for life and avoiding dental disease.
But dental erosion and tooth decay are very common dental problems in Australia. In fact according to one study 42% of children in the age group of 5 to 10 years old suffer from tooth decay in their baby teeth. 1 out of 4 children in this age group live without any treatment for decay in their baby teeth.
So, this Children’s Week, let’s band together and improve the dental health of our children!
What Can Parents Do?
The number-one dental problem among preschoolers is tooth decay.
- One out of 10 two- year-olds already have one or more cavities
- By age three, 28% of children have one or more cavities
Some parents assume that cavities in baby teeth don’t matter because those teeth eventually fall out to be replaced by permanent teeth. However, dental decay in baby teeth can negatively affect permanent teeth and lead to future dental problems.
Teach Good Dental Habits
The best way to protect your child’s teeth is through good dental habits. With the proper coaching children naturally, adopt good oral hygiene practices. Parents need to supervise brushing to ensure that it removes as much plaque as possible. Also, keep an eye out for areas of brown or white spots that might be signs of early decay.
Any sign of tooth decay should mean a quick trip to the dentist.
As soon as your child has a tooth you should help them brush their teeth twice a day with a dab (size of a grain of rice) of fluoride toothpaste on a child-sized toothbrush that has soft bristles. For some children, electric toothbrushes are both easier to use and more effective.
Amount of Toothpaste
At age 3, you can move up to using a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste, which helps prevent cavities. If your child doesn’t like the taste of the toothpaste, try another flavor. Try to teach your child not to swallow toothpaste.
Sugar is the number one food-borne villain. Make sure to always brush your child’s teeth after a sugary food item. In addition, do not allow your child to have any sugar-containing liquid in a sippy cup for a prolonged period, particularly at night, when it can lead to “baby bottle decay”.
The Australian Dental Association recommends that all children see a dentist and establish a “dental home” by age one. The sooner a child gets into a dental office, the less likely they will be anxious about dental care.
Kids Dental Care at Comfort Dental Centre Buderim
Our goal at Comfort Dental Centre Buderim is to provide a fun and comfortable place to introduce kids to dentistry. Your children’s visits help them become familiar with the dentist and the dental office. Making the first visit comfortable and enjoyable helps your child develop trust in your dentist and comfortable at future visits.
Complete Dental Care Dentistry for Kids
We want everyone to have a pleasant experience at their dental appointments, so we work hard to make children comfortable during their visits. Your child will learn about the various tools the dentist and hygienist use to clean and examine teeth, along with the importance of proper care.
We also encourage eligible families to take advantage of the Child Benefit Dental Schedule. Under the CDBS children are entitled to $1000 worth of dental treatments over a 2-year period.
With the Child Benefit Dental Schedule, proper oral and dental healthcare is made available to more than 3.4 million eligible children. At Comfort Dental Centre Buderim, we want your children to take advantage of this opportunity today so they can achieve stronger teeth and pain-free smiles.
Your Trusted Family Dentist in Buderim
If you have a child in need of treatment or any other dental issues, do not hesitate to call us at Comfort Dental Centre Buderim on (07) 5370 8865.
Visit us today and take advantage of CDBS (Child Dental Benefits Schedule) and receive up to $1,000 worth of basic dental treatments over 2 calendar years.
Comfort Dental Centre Buderim is open from Monday to Saturday to cater to all your dental needs.