At Plaza Dental Care, we offer comprehensive, personalized dental care to your entire family—and that includes the youngest members. We believe the care we provide for them today sets them up for a future of good oral health.
We warmly welcome patients of all age, and if it’s time for your children’s first dental appointment, we welcome your call to our Adelaide, SA dental clinic.
The Importance of Caring for Baby Teeth
Many people don’t realize that even though kids will lose their primary teeth, they serve a crucial purpose in your child’s development. Not only do they enable your child to eat healthy solid foods, but they are also critical for speech development. In addition, they serve as placeholders to help guide the growth of the permanent teeth.
Without proper care, your child can develop cavities in baby teeth—and even gum infection. Brushing at home is important, as is visiting the dentist twice each year for check-ups. As your child gets older, our gentle dental hygienists will also clean the teeth.
Since we only see your child at our dental clinic every six months, it’s up to mums and dads to be proactive at home in practising good oral care between visits. We understand that schedules are busy, but keeping up with dental appointments is the best way to ensure dental development is where it should be. It also provides Dr Van Velzen with the opportunity to detect potential problems as early as possible.
The First Dental Appointment
We usually recommend that parents bring their kids in around the age of two, when most of the primary teeth have come in. Of course, if you have concerns before that, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for your child at an earlier age.
These early visits are important for monitoring your child’s oral health, and they also give us an opportunity to let your child experience the sights and sounds of the dental clinic. We are always careful to let your child dictate the pace of their treatment, never doing anything that makes them fearful or uncomfortable. We never want them to feel anxious while they are here.
A Preventive Care Programme
One of our goals is to protect the health of the primary teeth because of their importance to overall dental development. We want to avoid a baby tooth being lost too soon because of tooth decay. With preventive children’s dentistry treatments at our Adelaide, SA dental clinic, we can do our part.
We may recommend preventive treatments such as fluoride and sealants. Fluoride works by helping to strengthen the outer layer of the tooth, helping to resist the acids that form in the mouth and cause tooth cavities. Dental sealants are applied to the deep grooves of the back molars, to help prevent bacteria from forming there. Both treatments are non-invasive.
Your Children's Dentist in Adelaide, SA
Set the stage today for happy smiles tomorrow by ensuring your children see the dentist regularly. We invite you to call Plaza Dental Care on (08) 8264 7333 to schedule a booking.