The Trick to Treating Toddler Teeth
They may not wear capes, battle baddies by the cover of night or know how to fly, but as far as childhood heroes are concerned, your local dentist ought to be up there with the best. They fight cavities, obliterate plaque, help prevent decay and polish little teeth with impressive efficiency. So why should your dentist be top of the Superhero selection list? We explore a little further.
- Baby teeth are priceless
Cleaning the teeth of your toddler may be a battle, but obviously keeping your children’s teeth healthy is a necessary (if not frustrating) pursuit. So why all the fuss about baby teeth if they’re just going to fall out anyway? The truth is that while essential for a child’s normal health and development, strong baby teeth also provide a solid foundation for a life of good dental hygiene. Losing those tiny teeth too early (especially as a result of decay) can have an adverse effect on everything from how adult teeth grow, to eating habits and self-esteem.
- Safeguard that mouth for a life free of fillings
Dental health has come such a long way in the past decade that your children may well get through life with all of their own teeth intact and not a filling to be seen. You may consider yourself an expert in teeth brushing – but seeing your dentist is the best way to safeguard the health of your little person’s teeth and ensure that any potential future issues are prevented. So whether it’s obliterating plaque or refining a brushing technique that will protect precious enamel, let your dentist be your ultra-knowledgeable guide (think of brushing those tiny teeth boot-polish style – gentle circles at the gum line, not manic scrubbing).
- Explore your child’s access to free dental^
Sure, you only get one set of teeth and looking after them is worth every cent – though seeing the dentist can be expensive. But thanks to the Australian Government’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), your child’s next dental appointment may cost exactly… zero. The CDBS is a means-tested initiative which provides eligible children with up to $1000 to spend over two years on dental services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings and extractions. All the more reason to acquaint those tiny versions of yourself with the dentist’s chair.
- Prevention is better than cure
Between July 2016 and July 2017, 2,500 children under the age of eight required dental treatment under general anaesthetic – an increase of 55% over the last decade. In NSW alone, a staggering 40% of children aged 5-6 years have evidence of largely preventable dental decay. Early childhood teeth decay causes pain, health risks, psychological trauma and significant cost, but empowering your child with the understanding of how to care for their teeth is the smartest way to keep their ivories in the best possible condition for life. Continue to supervise your children’s dental routines at least until they are in to their teens.
- Smile bright, little stars
Seeing those sparkling, cheeky little smiles? There’s really nothing better. Providing your kids with the right dental routines can really help boost their confidence. Self-esteem begins in childhood and studies have shown that having beautiful teeth can inspire a whole host of emotionally positive knock-on effects. Working with your dentist to teach your children the numerous benefits of dental health is the first step towards achieving a mouthful of pearly whites they’ll be proud to smile with for the rest of their lives.
Enjoy those healthy teeth. Find your nearest nib Dental Care centre and make an appointment today. With numerous locations offering a comprehensive range of services, it’s easy to find the exceptional care and expertise you (and your children) deserve.