Vivid Dental is a kids-friendly practice. We help your children learn how to take care of their teeth so they have healthy teeth for life. We offer a range of treatments for your children.
Parents always ask me when should they bring their children in for their first check up. We leave it up to parents to decide when is right, but the early the better from the dental education point of view. We have seen kids as young as two but this is usually only because they have had a fall and mum/dad is worried that there is some damage. General we say that you should bring your child when they are old enough to follow instructions from someone that’s not mum or dad. This is usually about 3½ years old. If you are unsure, you can bring your toddler in during your own checkup and we can see how well they cope.
For your child’s first appointment we do as much as they are comfortable with. Sometimes we may only get a quick look to check their cleaning and tooth eruption as well as discuss with them how to clean their teeth but if they are more relaxed we may also be able to clean their teeth.
For children and teenagers in addition to teaching them how to look after their teeth and regular check up and cleaning, we monitor their teeth to guard against decay and evaluate their tooth eruption and bite/growth problems. If these are recognised early it reduces the severity of orthodontic treatment in the future.
As children move through life it is important for them to develop good habits in terms of diet and oral health. We know if this is encouraged from a young age they have the best chance of having health teeth for life.
Good at-home cleaning and understanding of brushing and flossing are very important. It is easier to correct issues at a younger age and make regular brushing and flossing a habit.
Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. People of all ages (and especially children) who are involved in sport where there is high risk of contact to the face should protect their teeth with a properly fitted mouthguard, the best type is a custom made mouthguard made by your dentist.
Just like adults, but often causing more stress, are emergencies in children. Rest assure that we will always try to see these emergencies on the same day.
We continuously monitor growth and development at regular check ups as your child grows. Habits such as thumb sucking and dummy use should be gradually reduced and eliminated as soon as possible – they can have long-term effects on how teeth look and the function of the jaw and even nose. When these issues are identified early, we can help you with support and strategies to eliminate this behaviour.
Parents often ask when should my child get braces? This is a complicated question but it basically depends on the individuals’ teeth and jaw. The degree of crowding also effects how the jaws fit together and when treatment is needed. We can discuss all the options with you to determine the best solution.
Before your child is even born, the twenty baby/primary teeth have started to form and usually at 6-8 months old some of the front teeth start to erupt. At one year old some children may still not have any teeth so if this happens don’t be alarmed. The rest of the teeth usually fall gradually in different sequences and timing and by 3 years old most children will have all their baby teeth in place.
You can expect your child’s first wobbly teeth at about 5 years old. The first permanent teeth to erupt are the one to replace the front teeth and around the same time, the first permanent molars grow behind the last baby molars. This process will continue until approximately 14 years old where you child should normally have a total of 28 teeth. Wisdom teeth become a problem a bit later on between 16-25.