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The Benefits Of Regular Dental Visits For Children

Inadequate dental care can lead to a host of oral health issues.

Most parents don’t know the ideal dental care routine for their children, and brushing teeth twice a day isn’t enough to prevent cavities and tooth decay. A regular dentist visit is highly recommended for your child’s overall well-being.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to some problems in the future, including tooth decay and periodontal disease. That is why it is recommended for your child to have regular checkups with a dentist. Children may benefit from regular dental checkups in countless ways. They will be able to maintain healthy and strong teeth for the rest of their lives.  Regular dental checkups can also encourage your children to care for their teeth and learn good oral health habits.

Common Dental Issues

Children experience many of the same dental problems as adults, but their teeth and mouths are still developing. Untreated conditions can result in poor tooth development, leading to more severe problems later in life. Understanding these common concerns will better equip you to prevent them:

Tooth Decay

Dental caries, commonly called tooth decay, is the most prevalent oral disease among children in Australia, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Cavities are small holes in the teeth that compromise the health and structure of the tooth. Tooth decay can lead to infection and pain in children if left untreated, making it difficult to eat, speak, play, and learn.

Poor dental health can negatively affect children’s achievement in school and cause them to miss more days.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious and common oral health issue in children. Essentially, it happens when bacteria in the plaque infect the gums, causing them to become red and puffy and bleed easily.

Gum disease can spread to the surrounding bone and weaken it, leading to tooth loss if the infection is severe. Over time, plaque can harden and become calculus or tartar.

Oral health professionals must scrape this off by hand, as tartar is irremovable with a toothbrush.

Early Tooth Loss

One of the common issues we encounter with young children is tooth loss that occurs too early. It may be caused by trauma or by a weakened tooth structure, causing problems such as crowding.

Chipped, Cracked, or Damaged Tooth

Chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth may or may not be painful. However, your kid should see an oral health professional as soon as possible as early dental treatments improve the health and survival of damaged teeth. It is also possible that their gums are damaged and require attention.

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Request an appointment with our amazing team today if you want to get dental work done. We can provide you with the best options for your situation and we’ll fit you in as soon as possible.

Why Choose Magical Smiles As Your Childrens Dentist

We know how much you care about the health of your children. You want their teeth and gums to be healthy for life, which is why it is recommended that they visit a dentist twice every year. Regular visits are also helpful in maintaining good oral hygiene habits among kids, which helps them avoid cavities and other dental issues later on in their lives.

At Magical Smiles, we provide an array of services for children, including dental examinations and hygiene cleanings, fissure sealants, fluoride treatments, oral hygiene education, protective mouthguards, and fillings and crowns. In addition, we make sure that each dental appointment is fun for your child. 

They deserve a dental experience where they can be engaged in fun activities while receiving professional dental care from trained professionals who love working with children. Visit Magical Smiles today for quality dental care for your little one! Our focus is always on keeping your child happy and comfortable throughout each appointment.

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FAQs About Children's Dentistry

It would be best if you practised good dental habits even before your child’s first tooth appears, like wiping your child’s gums with a damp cloth after feeding to prevent bacteria from accumulating. Baby teeth usually appear between the ages of four months and seven months. So that your child’s smile will remain healthy, begin these healthy habits right away:

  • As soon as your child’s teeth appear, teach them to brush their teeth at least twice a day.
  • To protect your child’s teeth, use fluoride toothpaste.
    Give your child healthy, low-sugar foods and drinks.

At Magical Smiles, we will teach you and your child the best ways to take care of teeth and gums when you bring them in for their dental checkup.

It is recommended that a child have their first dental visit within six months after the first tooth eruption or at about one year of age. The ideal frequency of dental visits for children and adolescents is every six months. The dentist will recommend how often your child should visit, depending on their oral health.

Children between the ages of 2-17 may qualify for free basic dental care. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is for children whose families collect benefits such as Family Tax Benefit A. The dental services that are covered under this system include:

  • X-rays
  • Fissure Sealants
  • Fillings
  • Cleaning
  • Extractions
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Dental Examinations

An eligible child can receive up to $1013 in these services every two years. There is no waiting list at our child-friendly practice, and we’ll book them in for the next available appointment.

We recommend that you make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible. It may be necessary to schedule an appointment with an emergency dentist. A chipped tooth can be caused by trauma or a weakened tooth structure. Depending on the severity of the damage, the dental care treatment may vary. A dentist can usually file down any sharp edges on small chips to prevent injury inside the mouth. When teeth have large chips, composite materials can often be used to repair the tooth structure. In some severe cases, the tooth may need to be extracted.

It is recommended that children have their first orthodontist checkup by age 7. We can usually detect whether or not they might need extra help to get their teeth into the proper position by six or seven years of age. You can ask your family dentist for recommendations if your child should see an orthodontist, regardless of your child’s age. An orthodontist should be consulted if your child exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • Biting or chewing problems
  • Sucking on the finger or thumb
  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • Shifting, protruding, or recessed jaws
  • Biting the inside of the cheek or the roof of the mouth
  • Misaligned teeth or teeth that do not meet at all
  • Unbalanced teeth or jaws that do not look natural