Routine Dental Check-Ups
Paediatric dental care is a crucial part of your child’s life, from the time they are born until they become adults. We pride ourselves on working with young patients and endeavour to make a lasting difference in their lives.
As a parent, knowing how to care for your child’s teeth and gums through their stages of teething, development, dental habits, and prevention is essential. Our team is happy to assist you with any questions and will always welcome a visit to the clinic for a check-up, treatment or emergency care.
Your child’s first visit
There’s nothing more exciting than reaching new milestones with your little one and seeing that first baby tooth is a big one. During your baby’s first 6 months, they will start to develop their baby or deciduous teeth. These are crucial for their development and help them learn to chew and speak. Therefore, it is essential to clean their teeth even before their permanent or adult teeth set in.
Once these baby teeth have started to erupt, your little one is ready for their first dental check-up, typically around their first birthday. Our team will welcome your baby to their new dental home and provide comprehensive care with a gentle touch.
First, we will take a complete medical, dental and social history to gather information on your child’s general health. Then, we do a physical examination of your child’s teeth and gums to ensure that their oral health is on track and to prevent any issues that may come about later on. We will pick up on non-nutritious oral habits that your child is engaging in. Systemic conditions and oral habits could impact the health of their teeth, development and general health.
You will also receive a complete guide on how to care for your baby’s dental health at home.
Preventative care is the backbone of dentistry, especially so for children who are constantly developing and growing. We encourage parents to bring their children for regular dental screenings every 6 months to assess their growth, get a fresh clean, and look out for any malalignment concerns or diseases.
Each visit will include a comprehensive physical examination of your child’s face, teeth and gums, oral hygiene status, tongue and cheeks, and the presence or absence of cavities. Our compassionate team will also keep you updated on your child’s development, what next steps should be taken for their stage of life, and how you can continue to implement preventative care at home.
Because baby teeth are quite sensitive, we provide age-appropriate cleanings. This also helps us take away the misconception of pain associated with dental work. Babies only require gentle brushing with warm water and a cloth to wipe their gums. Around 2 years is when you can start implementing fluoride toothpaste. Once your little one is able, you can show them how to brush their teeth daily and monitor this until around age 7. We will advise when your child is ready to receive their proper dental cleanings during your routine visits.