Children’s Dentistry Overview
Where beautiful smiles begin
A lifetime habit of dental visits should begin around your child’s first birthday.
Your child’s first dental visit should begin either right after they turn one or when their first tooth appears, whichever happens first. The sooner you start taking your child to visit the dentist, the easier these trips will become.
It is important that children have a great introduction to dental treatment and feel comfortable from their very first visit. Our clinic creates fun activities and a happy environment to eliminate any fears they might have about coming to the dentist.
The 3 Phases of Teeth Development:
Where adults patients present with one set of teeth and its various issues, children present to the dentist with three phases of teeth, these phases are called:
Deciduous Dentition Phase—more commonly known as primary teeth, baby teeth, temporary teeth and milk teeth.
These are the first set of teeth in the growth development of children. They develop during the embryonic stage of development and erupt—that is, they become visible in the mouth —during infancy. They are usually lost and replaced by permanent teeth, but in the absence of permanent replacements, they can remain functional for many years.
Mixed Dentition Phase—Combination of primary and permanent teeth, usually present between ages 6 and 12 years when primary teeth are being replaced or the start of the eruption of the first permanent tooth.
Permanent Dentition Phase—this is when all the child’s permanent teeth have erupted. This is the point where paediatric dentistry ends and adult dentistry begins.
Many parents have questions, please take a moment to review our answers to some that we are frequently asked below, or call our Patient Care Team to make an appointment for your little one on 046 9033309