Children at Bucardo Dental Clinic
Good dental health starts early in life and preventative dental care for children is important to ensure overall good health.
Your child’s dental health can begin as early as his or her first year – with careful exams establishing a baseline of individual dental care. For youngsters and toddlers, treatments are available to help with teething discomfort and the inevitable injuries to teeth that can come with everyday childhood living. We believe in the importance of creating a good rapport between your dentist and your child, and we want you to be a part of their progress in learning good dental health habits.
At Bucardo Dental Clinic, we want your children to have perfect teeth throughout their lives. We undertake all aspects of children's dentistry, placing particular emphasis on prevention and oral hygiene.
Children should start regular dental checkups sometime between their second and third birthday (and earlier if there is an obvious problem). The first visits are short and involve little treatment if any; their function is to familiarize your child with the process. Sometimes the parent sits next to the child and holds their hands. However, we recommend the parents wait in the waiting room for part of the visit as it allows the dentist to establish a long term relationship with the child.
The dentist/hygienist will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. Sometimes X-Rays are necessary to reveal decay and also to check on the health of your child permanent teeth. These teeth should last you child a lifetime so it is important to check that they are developing correctly.
Things you should know.
Teeth need Fluoride to stay strong and fight decay. It is important to help and encourage your child to brush their teeth twice a day with Fluoride toothpaste, especially before bed. Use a child’s toothpaste at first if your child is unable to spit out their toothpaste, as it contains half the amount of Fluoride. Once your child is able to spit out all their toothpaste, use normal toothpaste with the full amount for fluoride to protect their teeth.
Drink tap water as it has Fluoride to strengthen enamel as their adult teeth are developing. Some filters remove Fluoride, check you with the manufacturers.
Provide healthy snacks in between meals such as cheese, fruit, yoghurt and vegetable sticks. Keep sugary and sticky foods for special treats, not everyday.
Milk and juice bottles - try not to leave your child’s milk or juice bottle in the mouth overnight or for prolonged time. Constant sipping of milk and juices over long periods increases risk of decay.
Baby teeth are important! They maintain space for adult teeth to grow in straight. Losing milk teeth early because of decay may cause pain and crooked teeth.
Dental Sealants help prevent cavities. Your dentist can place a painless resin seal over the groove of your child’s permanent molars.
How to handle a dental emergency?
Knocked out teeth:
* Place the tooth in a container of milk, salt water, or the child's saliva. If unavailable use plain water or wrap it in cling wrap so it stays moist. Try not to touch the root.
* Bring the child and the tooth to your dentist immediately, within 30 mins, if possible.
* If bleeding is profuse, or continues, go to the hospital emergency room.
* Gently clean dirt from injured area with warm water.
* Place cold compress on the face to reduce swelling.
* Apply pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth.
* Go to the dentist as soon as possible.
Bitten lip or tongue:
* Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth.
* If swelling is present, apply cold compress.
* See your dentist as soon as possible.
* If bleeding is profuse or continues, go to the hospital emergency room.
In case of injury:
* Stay calm.
* Stop or control any bleeding by applying pressure.
* Notify parents or caregiver.
* If bleeding is profuse go to the emergency room.
* See your dentist as soon as possible.
Bucardo Dental Clinic’s priority is to help you achieve that perfect balance that comes with a well thought out and well managed oral healthcare regime. Our commitment to healthy smiles goes beyond the regular day to day treatment of common problems such as cavities, discoloration and broken teeth. This is the reason why we welcome all types of enquiries and we deal with them face to face.
To honor our commitment to excellence, we offer free consultations for all treatments, from the regular filling to a full smile makeover treatment course. When you book your free consultation we will ask you to come to visit us to see the dentist or the hygienist in person, we will listen to your questions and provide you with impartial answers and price options if you want them.
Free consultations last no more than 15 minutes and can be booked on the same day you want to visit us.