We understand that a visit to the dentist can be terrifying for young children, which is why we are committed to making the experience as positive as possible. We make dental care fun and interesting with a gentle demeanour so children don’t feel overwhelmed.
Many parents neglect baby teeth because they just assume they are going to fall out anyway so there’s no point in filling them. If you’ve thought this, then you’re one of thousands of parents who think the same. But it’s important that you understand that this is a misconception. Primary teeth care is far more important than you think.
- The outer enamel of primary teeth are much thinner than permanent teeth, which exposes them to the possibility of cavities and tooth decay more easily.
- If tooth decay is left untreated, the dental pulp nerve will eventually get exposed. This can cause an abscess to form in the area, which can be extremely painful for young children.
- Since children may not be able to communicate exactly what is happening to them, you may notice your child moodier, fussier with food and unable to sleep.
- If an abscess forms near the nerve, a serious infection and fever can form. Your child will then need to be hospitalised to treat this infection before it gets too serious.
- Primary teeth pave the way and maintain space for new permanent teeth while helping in the proper development of the jaw. Losing them too early can cause permanent teeth to grow poorly leading to other orthodontic problems.
When it comes to children’s dentistry, we understand that the experience can seem traumatic. To create a positive environment, we follow conservative solutions to help children enjoy good oral health.
The idea is to help children take good care of their oral health from a young age, so they don’t have to visit us too often. We’ll set them up for healthy teeth and they’ll have fun along the way.
Primary Tooth Fact Number 1 :
Primary teeth are designed differently.
The outer enamel layer is very thin compared to the enamel on a permanent tooth. They can get cavities very easily.
This x-ray of primary teeth shows the enamel layer is quite literally almost paper thin. Once decay has reached the second layer (dentine – which is softer than enamel) it can progress at lightning speed.
Unfortunately ending with the exposure of the nerve (dental pulp) and frequently resulting in an abscess. In the xray below the tooth on the upper arch second from the left shows a significant cavity – already into the nerve.
Children aren’t always able to let you know that a tooth is painful. They may show it in other ways like difficulty sleeping or moodiness or being ‘a fussy eater’. They may let you know it’s painful but then the pain goes away. This cycle can repeat many times. A dental abscess for a child can at times lead to a serious infection requiring hospitalisation.
This little dude is a very unhappy camper. The dental abscess has now spread from his tooth into the tissues of his face. He has a temperature. This can be a very serious infection if not treated quickly.
Primary Tooth Fact Number 2:
Primary teeth are ‘place holders’.
Your child’s primary teeth are a holding space for the new permanent teeth and help to create the correct shape of your child’s jaws and bite. The early loss of a primary tooth can lead on to other complications, such as crowded permanent teeth, later in life which could involve treatment such as orthodontics to correct.
Your New Dentist is passionate about prevention of dental decay in young children. We use atraumatic and conservative treatment techniques to ensure your child’s experience of going to the dentist will be overwhelmingly positive.
We take the time to help you understand how you can help prevent dental decay and avoid dental treatment. Each and every day Your New Dentist is helping young children avoid pain and unnecessary emergency dental care so families experience positive lifelong dental care.