FAQs about bringing your baby to our family dental clinic
The first year of your baby’s life will be packed with medical appointments.
These will be to assess their growth, their reflexes, their development and of course, their general health. While all of these appointments are well known to most new parents, there is one medical appointment which is essential too, but is often overlooked. Your child’s first visit to the dentist.
At Brisbane Laser Dentist, we are proud of the range of treatments that we can offer to our younger patients, and when you attend our Coorparoo family dental team, we will be sure to offer you advice and guidance on how you can keep your child’s teeth as healthy as possible.
But you may have some questions relating to your visit to our Coorparoo family dental team and here, our team answers common queries that we receive.
When should my baby attend their first dental visit?
When your child’s first tooth erupts, you will need to bring them in to visit our Coorparoo family dental team. Or, if their first tooth has not erupted by the time your child is 12 months old, then you will need to book them in for their first check-up.
What will you be looking for?
We will generally be looking to check that there are no issues with your child’s teeth erupting. We will check that they are all erupting in the right position and at the right angle, while also keeping an eye out for signs of plaque and bacteria accumulation.
This will also allow you to ask us any questions that you have, alongside raising any concerns that you may have too.
How can I help my baby’s teeth to be strong?
Firstly, you need to brush their newly cut teeth twice a day, as you would your own teeth and aim to do so with age-appropriate toothpaste.
You can also prevent cavities from forming by not allowing them to nap while drinking milk or fruit juice. Both of these contain sugars that can attack the naturally thinner enamel of your baby’s teeth.
Are there any disadvantages of not introducing dental care early?
Studies have found time and time again that early exposure to dental care has the best long-term outcome for oral and general health. It is associated with less invasive or traumatic dental procedures, alongside also preventing your child or children from developing phobias. So, to keep your child’s teeth and overall health in the ideal condition, it is best to book them for a dental appointment as soon as possible.
How often should my toddler or baby need to see your dental team?
Every 6 months. Even if there are no issues with their teeth, they will still need to see our team so we can check for signs of gum disease and tooth decay.
We will also have the opportunity to assess the positions that their adult teeth will erupt in, and can take preemptive action relating to orthodontic treatments.
So, if you have a child, toddler or baby who needs to see our team, be sure to call us today!
All treatments carry risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.