To celebrate Children’s Week (21–29 October), Golden Square Dental is reaffirming our commitment to the dental health of Australian children.
If children develop good dental habits early, they have a good chance they keep those habits for life and avoid dental disease, as well as the poor general health that dental neglect often leads to.
Unfortunately, statistics on the dental health of children in Australia are not great. Sophie Beaumont, a dental surgeon from The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, said that more than 1,000 children in Australia were put under general anaesthetic in 2014 to have multiple decayed teeth removed.
As Children’s Week approaches, Golden Square Dental would like to point out the importance of parents helping children to look out after their teeth from an early age, and avoiding the threat of avoidable future dental work and poor health.
Healthy Dental Habits and your Child
Healthy dental habits in children take time to develop, but parents need to prevent bad habits from starting and causing kids later dental issues. Learn how to cure bad dental habits your kids may have.
1. Start Early
As soon as when the first tooth starts to come in, you can encourage good dental habits by increasing your child’s familiarity with the toothbrush. Introduce your child to brushing through song of video.Singing or playing will help your infant associate fun with tooth brushing and should help them brush the recommended two minutes.
2. Teach Good Habits
Brushing is crucial from the start. Even before an infant has teeth, you can gently rinse their gums. Use water on a baby toothbrush, or clean them with a soft washcloth.When your baby’s teeth appear, brush twice a day with an infant toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.
Start flossing when any two teeth touch each other. Ask your dentist about techniques and schedules.
Brush and floss just before bedtime. After that, don’t give your child any food or drink, except water, until the next morning.
3. Go to the Dentist
Regular check-ups are a foundation of good dental care. They should begin before a child’s first birthday. Dental check-ups can prevent later dental problems and detect any bad dental habits or other issues at their earliest stages when they’re easier to treat. Make sure to take your child for dental check-ups twice a year to give them a head start on a healthy smile.
4. Watch out for Thumb Sucking
When parents ask how to cure bad dental habits, they’re usually talking about thumb sucking. Thumb sucking is such a common childhood habit that many parents assume they have no choice but to wait until their child outgrows it. But if it becomes a regular habit, it can cause teeth to shift forward and misalign their bite.This can lead to later problems with talking, pronunciation, chewing, and cleaning that require orthodontic treatment. Thumb sucking can also introduce extra bacteria to the mouth.
5. Avoid ‘Baby Bottle Decay’
Don’t put your toddler or older child down for a nap with a bottle of juice, formula, or milk. Sugary liquids cling to his teeth, feeding bacteria that can cause tooth decay.If you must give your child a bottle to take to bed, make sure it contains only water.
How Golden Square Dental Can Help
Golden Square Dental is committed to a comfortable, child-friendly dental experience.
To help some families, the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) has been introduced by the federal government.
The CDBS helps you keep kids’ teeth in great shape by providing some parents with up to $1000 that you can use over a two calendar year period on a range of dental services including examinations, routine cleaning, fillings, and root canals.
Your child’s eligibility
Your child is deemed eligible for the CDBS by Medicare, who administers the program, if:
- they’re within the applicable age range for at least some of that year
- they qualify for Medicare;
- and you receive either Family Tax Benefit Part A, Parenting payment or Double Orphan Pension payments for at least some of that year.
If you have any questions about the CDBS treatments or eligibility, feel free to call us at Golden Square Dental.
Get the Golden Square Dental Glow!
Established in 1976, Golden Square Dental strives to provide your family with the highest standard of dental care in a warm and friendly environment.
Our primary focus is you. We do everything to ensure that you are comfortable in our practice and confident in our care. We combine the latest in modern dental technology with traditional approaches to provide the best in family dental care in a relaxing atmosphere.
Golden Square Dental is a family focused dental practice with a strong emphasis on preventative care and general dentistry to help you and your family achieve a healthy smile for life.
Your Trusted Family Dentist in Golden Square
If you have a child in need of treatment, or any other dental issues, do not hesitate to call us at Golden Square Dental (03) 5443 0063.
Visit us today and take advantage of CDBS (Child Dental Benefits Schedule) and receive up to $1,000 worth of basic dental treatments over 2 calendar years.
Golden Square Dental is open from Monday to Friday to cater all your dental needs.
Call us at (03) 5443 0063 or book your appointment online.