Children’s Dentistry

Preventive Care

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Preventive Care

The cornerstone of children’s dentistry at Lillybrook Dental

Children’s dentist, Lillybrook Dental of Kallangur is your partner in children’s preventive dental care. We’re committed to doing our part to support local families with timely information and quality preventive dental services that help you keep your family healthy. Long term we know this leads to better oral health and reduced dental costs.

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Start your preventive care early

It’s never too early to begin teaching good oral hygiene to your children. Behaviours learnt when they’re young tend to stick with them throughout life. Your child’s oral health should receive daily attention from the time when they are a baby and into their toddler years. By the time they are 3, they should be well-versed in what it takes to keep their teeth healthy. Until about the age of 7 or 8 kids still need assistance or supervision brushing and flossing.

How to manage children’s preventive dental care

Lillybrook Dental can be the useful third party that backs you up in overcoming conflict when it comes to cleaning children’s teeth. We reinforce your message that regular care is necessary to avoid tooth decay and other painful problems like extraction. Kids like routine and a twice-daily regime of brushing and flossing is a good preventive dental measure. By sticking to eating at mealtimes, avoiding snacks and choosing unprocessed food like vegetables, cheeses and lean meats and limiting their consumption of sugary foods and drinks, you are well on the way to good preventive dental care.

Checking for decay? Here’s what you need to know

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You can easily check the state of your child’s teeth by lifting their top and bottom lips and checking for decay. Darker shades, like brown, are indicators decay is slowing progressing, allowing enough time for teeth to be stained by food. The darker the colour, for example, if the tooth is black, it indicates decay is arrested or progressing slowly. Surprisingly, white patches can indicate decay which has progressed, leaving no time for teeth to be stained by food. The teeth of more than half of all 6 year olds now show signs of decay, so being consistent with good oral hygiene habits, including regular visits to your children’s dentist, is key.

Both early warning signs of white or brown patches are trigger signs of the need for an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Any invasive or surgical procedure has risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Individual results can vary.

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