When looking after your child’s dental health, it is important to start at an early age. Usually, we recommend the child’s first dental visit around the first birthday. At this young age, the parents should ensure they have been brushing their infant’s teeth daily in an effort to enable your child to establish a brushing habit. It is important to understand that the earlier you begin, the easier it is to form a healthy routine.
Your child’s teeth will develop in 3 distinct stages. Primary dentition, which usually starts from 6 months of age to 24 months. At this point your child will develop baby teeth. Mixed dentition stage develops from 6 years to approximately 13 years. At this time, kids possess a combination of permanent and baby teeth. The last phase is referred to as permanent dentition which takes place from the ages of 13 and up.
Prevention starts by cleaning, regular checkups, fluoride application, pits and fissure sealants and hygiene education. By employing these prevention approaches, we can maintain and promote your child’s dental health, as well as help your child understand the best techniques for dental care.
Making certain the permanent teeth have enough space to erupt and keeping an eye on the right eruption sequence of teeth is very important as this helps to eliminate or minimises potential problems which may arise in the future.