Dentist and kids, what’s a good time to meet?

At Dental Solutions Oatley, we are committed to helping your child achieve a positive relationship with their dentist. Early aged dental visits are important for several reasons. Firstly, they allow us to monitor your child’s dental health and identify any potential issues early on. Secondly, they help your child get used to dental treatment and build a positive relationship with their dentist. Finally, they give us the opportunity to educate you on how to care or your child’s teeth and gums at home.

Children aged between 2 – 4 years

At this stage the child’s teeth are still coming out and our focus is on building healthy and positive relationships between the child and the dentist. We achieve this by familiarizing children with all the different and new smells, colours, tastes and sounds of a dental practice by giving children a ride in the chair and allow them to play with some buttons. Once the child is relaxed the dentist will count their teeth and reward them with praise and stickers. We recommend children visit the dentist once every 6 months to allow your child the opportunity to trust and accept a dentist.

Children aged between 4 – 5 years

By this time most children enjoy the rewards and praise that come with visiting the dentist and are excited at the opportunity to sit in the dentist chair and watch the TV that’s mounted on the ceiling. This age bracket is the perfect time to assess growth of the jaw, grinding, airways, tonsils and any other obstructions in the mouth. Children are also able to better understand how to care for their teeth and the dentist takes time to teach them good brushing techniques and introduce them to polish if they are ready.            

Children aged between 6 – 9 years

This stage of a child’s dental growth is critical as adult teeth start to emerge in the form of adult back molars. From previous experience Dental Solutions Oatley recognized that most kids and parents do not realize these are adult molars that need to be maintained for life. These adult molars often have deep grooves and are so far back in the mouth and hard to reach with regular brushing that cavities form before they have fully grown out of the gum. 

Due to this common oral hygiene concern the dentist takes the time to carefully analysis the child’s current brushing techniques and discusses how improvements can be made. 

Commonly a whole jaw x-ray called an OPG is taken to analysis the size of the adult teeth and jaw growth to assess for potential crowding issues that may require future orthodontic treatment such as expansion or braces. 

By this time most kids who started their dental visits at 2 -3 years are excited and able to undergo simple procedures such as cleans and small fillings if needed.  

We believe that every child deserves a healthy, happy smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and experience the difference that a caring, kid-friendly dental practice can make.