Children's Dentistry in Hampton & Fairfield
We love welcoming children to our Fairfield and Hampton, VIC dental clinics.
Regular check-ups keep your child's smile strong, reduces their risk for orthodontic concerns later on, and give you a chance to ask questions about your child's oral development.
During your child's check-up, our dentists will assess his or her:
Tooth Development and Hygiene
How is your child's dental health and oral hygiene? We will evaluate the health of each tooth and screen for problems such as cavities, infections or abscesses. Early intervention can save his or her smile. We also use digital x-rays to assess the development of unerupted teeth. Erupted teeth are inspected visually, to ensure that everything is developing, as it should.
Tooth Eruption Patterns
As teeth erupt and fall out, they do so in a set order. Premature tooth loss can impact the eruption of developing teeth underneath. This would, in turn, lead to occlusal (bite) complications and the need for orthodontic therapy in the future. With proper oversight, changes in eruption patterns can be monitored to promote healthy eruption of all teeth, regardless of whether or not something happens out of order.
Teeth Fissures and Dental Sealants
Pit and fissure sealants help your child avoid tooth decay by blocking out bacteria that are hard to remove from deep grooves and pits. Children have particularly deep grooves in their teeth, as we wear them down due to ageing. We typically recommend placing sealants on the back permanent molars soon after they erupt as a preventive measure.
Having a sealant placed is very simple. No shots or drilling are needed! Instead, the tooth is isolated and thoroughly dried off. Then a conditioner is placed on it for several seconds, which is we then rinse away and dry off the tooth one more time. Finally, we brush the sealant material onto the grooves and pits of the teeth with a small applicator. Because it is flowable, it will seep into the grooves of the teeth. Then sealants are hardened with a bright light. The entire dental sealant process takes only a couple of minutes per tooth to complete.
Sealants are not permanent like fillings, so it is possible for them to be pulled off with sticky foods. Avoiding things like taffy or caramel can help the sealants last for several years. When children have sealants on their permanent molars, they are much less likely to suffer from common childhood cavities on those teeth.
Child Oral Development – Speech Patterns and Habits
Does your child suck his or her thumb? Do certain oral anomalies impact the speech patterns of your child? Certain types of oral habits can interfere with the development of your child's smile, and some speech habit corrections as simple as a tight piece of skin under the tongue or next to the lip. If necessary, we can use a soft tissue laser to correct this and help improve their speech.
Contact Our Family-Friendly Dental Clinics
Give Sparkle Dental Care a call at our Fairfield or Hampton dental clinics to arrange an appointment for yourself or your children. We warmly welcome new patients.