It is recommended that every child has an introductory dental visit within 6 months of eruption of their first tooth. As parents, you might think this is too early- even more so when there is no “problem” with your child’s teeth yet. However, starting dental visits early has many advantages:
- We can assess each child’s risk of developing tooth decay.
- We can suggest preventive steps that is special to each child’s needs
- We can have the opportunity to show your child that dental visits can be fun, hence reducing chances of dental anxiety in the future
Quite often, it is a child’s first visit to the dental clinic but he/she is having pain. We understand that it can be stressful and anxious for both parent and the child. For younger children, parents can be present in the treatment room. For older children, it is best that we can see the child by themselves, but if parents are not comfortable with that, parents can be passive observers- allowing us a chance to interact and explain in simple terms that your child can understand. Many studies have shown that when parents are anxious themselves, their child will also tend to be anxious as well.
Depending on the your child’s reaction to his/her dental visit and what treatment needs to be done, we will try our best to provide your child with the best care possible. It is however important for parents to understand that treatment should not be forced or rushed onto a child. We understand that parents are busy and prefer treatment to be done all in a single visit, but it takes a lot of patience and time for us to build a trusting relationship and bond with your child. This is how dental visits can become stress free and fun for your child.
Our services includes
Standard Cleanings and Check ups
The care we provide is the best we can for each child. This means that the cleaning frequency we recommend can vary from individual to individual. Your child might benefit from cleanings every 3 months, or every 6 months.
What happens during a standard cleaning and check up?
- A standard dental examination
- Scaling, polishing and flossing
- Dental x-rays (if needed)
- Fluoride varnish treatment
Fluoride Varnish Treatment
What is Fluoride? Fluoride helps to strengthen teeth and prevent decay. It is also able to remineralise teeth that have early decay (seen as white patches on teeth). Fluoride can be found in fluoridated toothpaste, and are available in various amounts and concentrations.
Fluoride varnish contains a higher than normal amount of fluoride and it comes in the form of a thick sticky paste that adheres to teeth to minimise swallowing. It is very well tolerated as well. Varnish is proven in many ways to slow, stop and even reverse the formation of cavities. Everyone is at risk of developing cavities, from the young infants to young kids to teenagers. Here are some risk factors:
- Infants still bottle feeding past one year of age.
- Infants sleeping with a bottle containing liquids other than water (eg. milk, juices, sweetened drinks like Milo)
- Frequent breastfeeding without proper mouth cleaning afterwards, especially at night
- Constant consumption of sugary or starchy foods and beverages
- Dental history of cavities
- Developmental disabilities
Fluoride varnish may be unfamiliar to many patients, so here are some information for parents and children:
- It will make your child’s teeth look dull and yellowish when leaving the dentist. Their teeth will return to normal as the varnish wears off, usually in 1 day.
- In order for the varnish to have the most benefit, it needs to remain adhered to the teeth for as long as possible. For that, your child should not brush or floss until the next morning.
- To prevent early removal of the varnish, avoid abrasive or hard foods for the rest of the day. Soft diet is ideal for the day.
- Fluoride varnish should be done every 6 months for most children. For children who have a higher risk of cavities, we may recommend 3-monthly application of fluoride varnish.
Tooth coloured fillings
These are white fillings that look beautiful and blend in with the natural color of the tooth. Placement of fillings is fairly quick and easy. First the decayed part of the tooth is cleaned and removed, then the tooth is dried and filled.
What is Happy Gas? Happy Gas is also known as nitrous oxide/ laughing gas. In our clinic, we use it as a mild analgesic. It works by filling the patient with a feeling of happiness, which helps them feel relaxed and less anxious about dental treatment.
How do we use Happy Gas? We apply the gas through a tube and nose piece that fits over your child’s nose. All he/she has to do is breathe through his/her nose
Why use Happy Gas? Happy Gas is fast acting and wears off quickly. Its effects can be felt within 5 minutes, and when the gas flow stops, those effects wear off within another 5 minutes of breathing oxygen. It is safe, easy to use and can be adjusted easily for your child’s comfort. The only thing that stops it is a stuffy nose. If your child can’t breathe through his/her nose, it won’t work.Children’s Primary Teeth