Do you have a question about baby or child teeth?

Bellow is a list of the most common children’s dentistry questions we get asked day to day.

If you don’t see the question or answer you are looking for please give us a call we are always happy to help answer questions where possible.

At what age should my child have his or her first dental visit?

Your first dental visit should be around your child’s first birthday. All dentists recommend something similar to this.

By 1 most of the baby teeth should be out or starting to come out, and by having your baby go to the dentist when you go will bring familiarity with the smells, sounds, and process over time, to make their first real experience at the dentist easier.


How should I clean my baby’s teeth?

Firstly you want to use a toothbrush with very soft bristles & a small brush head. You can find infant tooth brushes in your local chemist & in most supermarkets.

You should get in the habit of doing it once a day at night during bath time.

Start this as soon as teeth come through so your baby gets used to it early on to help create good habits.

The brushing itself should be soft.


What is baby bottle tooth decay and how can I prevent it?

Baby bottle tooth decay is a pattern of rapid decay associated with prolonged nursing. It happens when a child goes to sleep while breastfeeding and/or bottle-feeding.

During sleep, the flow of saliva is reduced and the natural self-cleansing action of the mouth is diminished. Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bedtime bottles.

Encourage your child to drink from a cup as they approach their first birthday. He/she should be weaned from the bottle at 12-14 months of age.


Can thumb sucking be harmful for my child’s teeth?

Thumb and dummy sucking habits that go on for a long period of time can create crowded, crooked teeth or bite problems. If they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers when the permanent teeth arrive, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your dentist. Most children stop these habits on their own.


When should my child start using toothpaste?

It is recommended that toothpaste with fluoride should not be used until your child is 3 years of age. Before this age use either water or infant tooth paste which can be bought at the chemist or supermarket. (only us a very small amount when you do use infant toothpaste or even normal toothpaste if they are 3 years or older).


What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Comfort your child, rinse his/her mouth with warm saltwater and apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth on your child’s face if it is swollen. Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area, but you may give the child, children’s Panadol for pain. See us as soon as possible.


Are dental x-rays safe for children?

With contemporary safeguards, such as lead aprons and high-speed film, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. Even though there is very little risk, pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of child patients to radiation. In fact, dental X-rays represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem.


My Child plays sport, how should I protect there teeth?

Mouthguards are a top priority if your child is playing a sport. Mouth Guards protect the teeth, lips, gyms from injury. We can custom fir the mouth guard as well so if you do want one please give us a call.


What should I do if my child knocks out a permanent tooth?

First of all, remain calm. If possible, find the tooth and hold it by the crown rather than the root.

Replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the dentist.

The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.


How can I help my child through teething?

Sore gums when teeth erupt are part of the normal eruption process in babies. The discomfort is eased for some children by use of a teething biscuit, a piece of toast or a frozen teething ring.

Your pharmacy should also have medications that can be rubbed on the gums to reduce the discomfort. One of the most recommended tooth gels in Adelaide is the “Women’s & Children’s Teething Gel.


I noticed a space between my child’s two upper front teeth, is this something to worry about?

Usually, the space between these teeth will close over time, but if you are finding there is no change bring you child in for us to have a look.


If my child gets a cavity in there baby teeth should it be filled?

Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path those permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. Some of them are necessary until a child is 12 years old or longer.

Pain, infection of the gums and jaws, impairment of general health and premature loss of teeth are just a few of the problems that can happen when baby teeth are neglected.

Also, because tooth decay is really an infection and will spread, decay on baby teeth can cause decay on permanent teeth. Proper care of baby teeth is instrumental in enhancing the health of your child.


What causes tooth decay in children’s teeth?

Four things are necessary for cavities to form —

  • A tooth,
  • Bacteria
  • Sugars or other carbohydrates and

Dental plaque is a thin, sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that constantly forms on everyone’s teeth.

When you eat, the sugars in your food cause the bacteria in plaque to produce acids that attack the tooth enamel.

With time and repeated acid attacks, the enamel breaks down and a cavity forms.

Diet & oral hygiene are the main drivers of tooth decay. If you do not brush often and eat foods with high sugar contents you will be at more risk.



We can help you.

We understand that dentistry is not only about healthy teeth and gums, but also about how you function, your appearance, and most importantly, an enjoyable and rewarding dental experience.

For every new patient, we do a comprehensive examination of the facial, neck, oral tissues, teeth, and jaws to screen for disease, malfunction, or abnormalities.  This may involve taking X-rays to provide information not otherwise detectable. We can then discuss your needs, desires, and requirements and present you with a treatment plan and estimate of the cost of the treatment.

We provide a full range of high-quality general dentistry, including non-amalgam fillings, root canal treatment, removal of teeth, dentures, crowns, bridges, veneers, jaw joint treatment, implants, mouth guards, tooth whitening, children’s dentistry, thorough check-ups, and cleans.

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Emergency appointments

Don’t suffer with teeth or mouth pain. We offer emergency appointments at each of our three locations to efficiently treat any urgent dental problems that might arise on the day they occur.

Just call our surgery ASAP! Although we understand that emergencies do occur, we prefer to be proactive about dental care to prevent serious problems in the future.

Dental Hygiene FAQ’s

Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent the following:

  • bad breath
  • tooth decay
  • gum disease
  • and can help you keep your teeth as you get older.

Establishing & creating good oral hygiene and dietary habits has shown to be essential to achieving & maintaining, your oral health.

Oral health can affect both your physical & emotional well-being as it can impact upon the following

  • Appearance
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Diet
  • Nutrition

In addition, a disease of the mouth can affect the rest of the body and is a contributing factor to a number of secondary conditions.

At home, you can practice good oral hygiene by completing the following:

  1. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes.
  2. Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach.
  3. Eat a healthy diet to provide the nutrients necessary (vitamins A and C, in particular) to prevent gum disease.
  4. Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which are known to contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.

Visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. This is one of the most effective ways to detect the early signs of gum disease

If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, your poor oral hygiene can actually lead to other health problems, which can include:

Oral and facial pain

This pain may be largely due to infection of the gums that support the teeth and can lead to tooth loss. Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, is extremely common among individuals.

Problems with the heart and other major organs

Mouth infections can affect major organs. For example, the heart and heart valves can become inflamed by bacterial endocarditis, a condition that affects people with heart disease or anyone with damaged heart tissue.

Digestion problems

Digestion begins with physical and chemical processes in the mouth, and problems here can lead to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders.

Simply put cosmetic dentistry is all to do with the look of the teeth. Including things like

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental crowns,
  • Dental veneers
  • Implants
  • Bridges

Whereas general dentistry is all about

  • Dental cleans
  • dental checkups
  • X-rays
  • Hygiene
  • Extractions

This is a very common question asked in the dental world. Flossing at any time is better than not flossing at all

However, flossing before you brush is more effective. If you floss before you brush your teeth it will release any bacteria, plaque and food stuck between the teeth.

Then when you brush your teeth you are brushing it all away.

Flossing before can get rid of all the food between your teeth before you brush.

Depending on what you ate you may have to floss before and after to get everything out between the gaps.

You should be visiting twice a year for a dental clean and check-up.

Without regular visits, cavities can quickly turn into infected teeth.

These regular visits help prevent minor dental problems from progressing to a point of no return.

If you don’t want to experience severe pain or spend tons of money to fix what could have been minor dental problems, make sure you never miss a dental cleaning and exam.

With lots of toothbrushes on the market, we understand why you might not know which one to choose.

If you can, we highly recommend investing in a good electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes brush your teeth significantly better than manual toothbrushes, especially for lazy brushers.

Electric toothbrushes have built-in timers so you brush your teeth for two minutes. Some even have Bluetooth capability that connects with an app on your phone and tells you if you missed any areas brushing and still offers many more benefits.

If you can’t afford an electric toothbrush – no problem. Choose a manual toothbrush with soft bristles and one that has an ADA recommendation on it.

As long as you brush in circles around your entire mouth, you can get your teeth just as clean as you would with an electric toothbrush.

Just because your cavity doesn’t hurt doesn’t mean you don’t need a filling. Cavities don’t always cause symptoms.

However, if you leave it untreated, it will only get worse and then infect your tooth root causing the need for a root canal. In some cases, an infected tooth will stop causing the pain because the tooth’s nerve has died.

It’s important to get a filling as soon as possible to prevent causing more damage to your tooth.

Not every dental problem can be seen with the naked eye. Dental x-rays give us an inside look at what’s going on in your mouth. We can use the x-rays to discover:

  • Impacted teeth,
  • Cracked or
  • Damaged teeth,
  • Cavities,
  • &much more

Is it Worse to Skip Brushing or Flossing?

If you’re thinking of skipping either brushing or flossing for some reason, then we would advice you that flossing is more important as long as it’s done correctly.

Flossing helps remove plaque and debris stuck between the teeth and underneath the gumline.

The two areas that are most likely to cause cavities and gum disease.

BUT both are extremely important and you shouldn’t skip out on either, though.