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General

Questions related to general children’s dental issues.

This is always a great compliment and it is much appreciated. However, as kinderdental is a specialist paediatric practice, our practice is restricted to children.
Baby (primary) teeth play a very important role in the dental development of children as they grow into young adults. A healthy mouth as a child supports a healthy mouth for life. Healthy primary teeth promote eating and chewing, aesthetics, self confidence, guidance of permanent teeth into the correct position and long-term decay risk, articulation and speech. If decayed primary teeth are not treated, pain and infection may develop that can have long-term negative effects on growth and development.
The internationally recommended age for the first dental visit is 1 year old, or within 6 months of the first tooth erupting.
There is a lot of misinformation in the general community placing increased risk on the dental health of children. Prevention is better than cure. Anticipatory-guidance (tailored assessment and advice) can be given to greatly reduce the chance of needing any invasive dental treatment in the future.
This is a very difficult question, as all children require an individual assessment. Some children require treatment early, and some later. As a general rule, it is recommended that children should have an orthodontic assessment by age 7, however some children should be assessed before this age. A difficult question!
This is a very common. In most cases no treatment is required, however in some children, primary teeth may need a helping hand as they may not fall out spontaneously. You should schedule an appointment when convenient.
Snoring and grinding (bruxism) may be an indication of issues with a child’s upper airway. An Australian study recently published that found that nearly 50% of children who chronically snored or had sleep apnoea had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). An upper airway assessment should be performed and where required appropriate referrals can be done to address this extremely important issue.

At kinderdental, Dr Justin Wong has a special interest in this area and has presented lectures on this topic.  Snoring and bruxism should not be ignored!

Unfortunately we have yet to discover a silver bullet that will prevent decay indefinitely. Fillings remove decayed tissue, however without proper maintenance and preventive care, new decay can occur around a previously placed restoration or on new surfaces on the same or other teeth.