We recommend bringing your child in at the age of 18mnths so we can build a relationship at an early age. It’s helpful to bring them along when mum or dad are having their check- ups
It works well when allowing 1-2mins of mum or dads routine check up to have your child ride in the chair, play in the dental room and watch mum/ dads check up and clean. This allows your child to familiarize themselves with the dental environment.
some children will just jump in the chair and allow you to look in there mouths while others may require 3-4 appointments to start feeling comfortable.
did you know your child may be eligible for $1000 dental treatment over the course of 2 consecutive years.
Please contact us on (07) 5525 2400 to find out more
Pregnancy is a special time to take extra care of your teeth and gums. During pregnancy, like everything, everything is heightened. Your gums are more susceptible to gum disease and thus extra care is needed to keep them nice and healthy.
Proper oral hygiene will ensure healthy teeth and gums during pregnancy.
Plaque is largely made up of bacteria. By using antibacterial products you can help control plaque formation
If you are pregnant or suspect that you are, it is important to tell us when you visit. Practitioners are careful in prescribing medicines to pregnant women and only advise those which are really needed. Certain medicines such as the tetracycline antibiotics can have an affect your baby’s developing teeth.
Although it is highly unlikely that a dental x-ray will harm a developing baby. Dental x-rays CAN be avoided if needed. In the chance that an x-ray is ultimately required to diagnose a dental problems, then special care and protection will be taken.
It is important to establish good oral hygiene practices now so that when you become pregnant you will already have established a daily routine.
Dental plaque (bacteria) needs to be cleaned from the teeth and gum line by brushing and flossing every day. Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Use dental floss daily to clean between your teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. You can check how well you remove plaque by using special plaque disclosing tablets or solution. These are available from your chemist.
It may be more comfortable for you to complete any dental treatment required before pregnancy especially as you may experience nausea and vomiting or become tired as your pregnancy progresses.
Morning sickness The stomach contents are acidic and may dissolve some of the tooth enamel. To avoid tooth damage after vomiting or gastric reflux don’t brush your teeth if you have just vomited. Instead wipe a smear of fluoride toothpaste over the teeth and rinse with water.
Cravings may be experienced for certain foods. Frequent snacks and drinks, especially sweet ones, can lead to dental caries (decay). Choose a wide variety of snacks which are low in sugar, fat and salt and high in fibre. Drinks such as milk and water are recommended.
Your gums may be easily irritated by dental plaque. When you become pregnant, the hormones in your body change. These hormones can cause your gums to become inflamed, and bleed. Clean your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing each day to reduce the irritation and keep the gums healthy. During your pregnancy, ask your dentist to check the condition of your gums and advise you further on how to care for them.
Brushing is important, cleaning your teeth and brushing your gums twice a day will avoid plaque build up. Remember, each tooth has two- five surfaces – a front, a back, two sides and a top. The only one sure way to prevent dental disease is to clean every surface.
Fluoride strengthens the teeth and prevents decay. Fluoride is found in most toothpastes and your dentist may recommend you also have a fluoride mouth rinse or have a professional topical fluoride treatment. For your baby there is no clear evidence that taking fluoride tablets during pregnancy will strengthen the baby’s developing teeth or help prevent decay for the baby’s teeth. If water supply is not fluoridated then your dentist may advise that the baby have a fluoride supplement.
Calcium is very important. When you are four months pregnant your baby’s teeth and bones begin to calcify. The calcium and phosphorous needed comes from what you eat and, if necessary, from your bones. These minerals do not come from your teeth.
When you are 7-9 months pregnant your baby needs more calcium and phosphorous. These minerals are best obtained by eating more dairy foods. Milk and milk products are an excellent source of calcium. Choose those that are low in fat and sugar. If you don’t drink milk or eat milk products such as cheese and yogurt choose other products that are high in calcium. If you are having difficulties see your doctor or dietician for advice. They may recommend calcium supplements. The recommended daily intake per day for women is 1,100mg during pregnancy, and 1,200mg while breastfeeding.
At first, your newborn baby does not have decay causing bacteria in their mouth. As the teeth come through the gums, the bacteria that causes decay is passed to the baby by the main carer, through kissing, food tasting or by cleaning the dummy in their own mouth.
It is important that carers thoroughly clean their own teeth and have all their own decayed teeth treated so that they will have low levels of bacteria. This will reduce or greatly delay the transfer of these bacteria to the baby.