Children's Dentistry in Darwin
At Casuarina Square Dental Care, we welcome patients of all ages to our practice and we love to see children.
We understand that many fears of the dentist are created during childhood, and so we strive to make every experience children have at our dental clinic a positive one. Our goal is to ensure that dental care is convenient and comfortable for the entire family.
At Casuarina Square Dental Care, we hope to build a long-term relationship with you and your children for a better chance at a lifetime of healthy teeth.
If it is time for your children's first or next dental appointment in Darwin? We cannot wait to meet them.
Many parents have questions about dental care for their children, and we’ve included a list of the most common enquiries we receive below. Please take a look at these—but as always, we welcome your call to our dental clinic.
- Why are baby teeth so important if kids will just lose them anyway?
- How do dental sealants and fluoride protect my child’s teeth?
- What can I expect at my child’s first dental appointment?
- What are some recommended additional treatments for kids?
- How often should my child visit the dentist?
- At what age should my child’s first dental appointment take place?
- How does dental care change as my child gets older?
- What can I do to help establish good dental habits in my child?
- How can I make a dental appointment for my child?
Why are baby teeth so important if kids will just lose them anyway?
As a kid’s dentist, our Casuarina team hears this question quite a lot. Since children ultimately lose their baby teeth—also called primary teeth—it’s easy to assume that they are not important. But when baby teeth develop decay or come out too early, this can impact the adult teeth that have yet to grow in. Not only do baby teeth play an important role in speech development, but they enable your child to eat nutritious foods.
They also serve as placeholders for the adult teeth. When kids lose their baby teeth too soon, this can impact the way the permanent teeth grow in.
Kids can also develop gum infections, just like adults, so proper brushing and flossing is crucial.
How do dental sealants and fluoride protect my child’s teeth?
In providing children’s dentistry at our Darwin dental clinic, we want to do everything possible to help protect your child’s primary teeth, and that includes helping to prevent decay. Fluoride works by strengthening the outer shell of your child’s teeth to resist the acids that can cause cavities.
Dental sealants are generally put into the back molars where deep grooves in the teeth can collect cavity-causing bacteria. The sealant is a thin plastic coating that can protect the teeth. Sealants can be replaced after they wear down, and we can also place sealants on adult teeth.
What can I expect at my child’s first dental appointment?
Children’s dentistry in Darwin starts with good preventive care. We invite children to our dental clinic either six months after the appearance of their first tooth or around their first birthday. This may seem early; however, it allows us to begin monitoring their oral development so we can make parents aware of any concerns early on.
Introducing children to our clinic at a young age also helps them feel comfortable when they visit the dentist since it then becomes a routine part of life.
At our Casaurina children’s dentist, we also hope to educate kids as they grow up about the importance of their oral health while having fun helping them maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.
What are some recommended additional treatments for kids?
As children develop, our Darwin children’s dentist may recommend additional treatments to help protect and build their teeth such as dental sealants or fluoride treatments.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps build and strengthen developing teeth, and it can also assist in remineralising enamel that has been damaged by decay.
Dental sealants are thin protective coatings placed over the chewing surfaces of teeth. They provide a protective barrier so the acids and bacteria that cause tooth decay and cavities cannot damage the teeth.
Did you know that sports-related activities account for nearly 40 percent of dental emergencies at our Casuarina children’s dentist? If children participate in sports, our dentists are happy to discuss options for protective wear. Wearing a customised mouth guard offers protection without inhibiting breathing.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
At our Casuarina dental clinic, we recommend that children visit the dentist every six months, just like adults, since regular preventative appointments allow us to make parents aware of any developmental concerns as early as possible.
At what age should my child’s first dental appointment take place?
An early start at the dentist helps us develop a good foundation for the future of children's oral health.
We recommend bringing children for their first visit six months after their first tooth arrives, or at least by their first birthday. This may seem early to start dentistry; however, these appointments are important for helping children have stress-free experiences at the dental clinic in the future.
Our Darwin kid’s dentist team makes every effort to keep childhood visits positive and upbeat, and our goal is to make every experience pleasant, educational and even fun for them.
As children develop, we may suggest services such as fluoride treatments, which help to build and strengthen developing teeth. Children may also benefit from dental sealants, which protect the chewing surfaces of their teeth with a thin coating designed to keep acids and bacteria from causing damage. We will personalize your child's treatment to meet their oral health needs.
How does dental care change as my child gets older?
As your child gets older, our Darwin dental team will be there to provide information on children’s preventive dental services, including dental cleans, fluoride treatments and dental sealants. When children are old enough to sit still long enough, we will thoroughly clean their teeth and we may recommend dental x-rays.
We will also go over proper tooth brushing technique with them—as soon as they have the dexterity to take care of their own home oral care.
What can I do to help establish good dental habits in my child?
Our best suggestion is to lead by example. When your child sees you taking good care of your teeth and visiting the dentist regularly, they will naturally mimic your behaviour.
If you have fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist, be sure to keep this to yourself so you don’t set your child up for similar feelings.
When your little ones are young, be sure to supervise their home oral care until they are able to do a thorough job on their own. Make brushing fun by making it a family affair. There are also many types of child-friendly toothbrushes and flavoured toothpastes available that can help contribute to kids enjoying taking care of their teeth and gums.
How can I make a dental appointment for my child?
Dentistry should be accessible to the entire family, and we know it is more convenient when every member can come to one place for their care. We invite you to call Casuarina Square Dental Care to arrange a paediatric dental appointment with one of our gentle dentists.