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Will my child need braces?

At Everton Park Dental, a topic we’re often are asked about by parents is whether their child is likely to need braces. So we’ve compiled some common Q&A’s that might be of interest to you prior to seeing your dentist for specific advice about your child’s teeth.

Please keep in mind, this is general information only and should not be used in place of a
full consultation and referral by your dentist.
The good news is that at Everton Park Dental, consultations for children are rebate-only consultations with your private health insurance. So no out-of-pockets when you visit with your children!

Will my child need braces?
There are three main reasons for orthodontic treatment:
1. Function – ensuring the teeth are functioning well
2. Cleanliness – when teeth are straight they are easier to clean
3. Aesthetics – achieving the best cosmetic result for your child
Regular dental check-ups for your child from as early as one year will allow your dentist to monitor the growth and development of your child’s teeth and advise if, and when, you should consider orthodontic treatment.
Generally speaking, signs that your child may need braces are:
• Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
• Difficulty in chewing or biting
• Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
• Jaws that shift or make sounds
• Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
• Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
• Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face

What causes the need for braces?
Tooth and jaw problems can sometimes be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, behaviours like thumb sucking or mouth breathing, or poor nutrition. But often they’re inherited, so if you or someone in your family needed braces, it’s likely that your kids will too.

What’s the best age to be fitted with braces?
There is no set time to get started with braces. It depends on a number of factors specific to your child and their teeth. Some problems are best treated as early as possible, even when mostly baby teeth are still in place (around ages 6-9); sometimes it is best to wait until most of the baby teeth have fallen out (ages 10-13).
Orthodontic treatment most commonly begins between ages 8 and 14. Kids in this age range have at least some permanent teeth and are still growing. Remember too that seeing an orthodontist earlier in your child’s life does not necessarily mean that they will start major treatment straight away.

What will braces do for my child’s teeth?
Braces can correct the alignment or spacing of teeth or problems with their bite caused by:
• Crooked or crowded teeth
• Missing or extra teeth
• An overbite or underbite
• Incorrect jaw position
• A disorder of the jaw joint
Often, addressing these issues in childhood will have both immediate results as well as long term benefits

Visiting your dentist early is the best prevention for issues in the future.

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We wish you and your family a happy and safe Christmas and look forward to seing your teeth in 2016!

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Stop the Rot!

Tooth decay in Australian kids is on the rise! What you can do – besides daily brushing – to protect your kids’ teeth.

As parents, we want to make sure our kids’ teeth are given as good a start as possible to prevent future problems. Poor oral health can lead to pain, infection and often, lots of expensive treatment.

But did you know that tooth decay in Australian children is actually on the rise? Recent studies by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveal that two out of three Australian 12 year olds have tooth decay in their permanent teeth.

So while we might be encouraging our kids to brush their teeth daily, is it enough to protect against tooth decay?

Here are 5 ways that you can easily ensure you, and your kids, are doing your best to protect their teeth and fight against the wave of tooth decay.

1. Avoid snacking between meals

Ideally, we should only be eating 5 times a day – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. By spacing out our eating, we give our mouths time in between meals to neutralise some of the acid created by sugars and starches in the food we eat that potentially cause cavities. Regular brushing then removes the food that continues to stick on our teeth after eating. By eating more often through the day, you expose your children’s teeth to sugars and starches too often, and don’t allow their mouths enough time to naturally remove some of the acid build-up from the previous meal. So set designated times for eating, and avoid letting kids snack – yes, even on healthy snacks like fruit or crackers – in between that.

2. Drink water only between meals

Drinks containing sugars, like soft drinks, juice and even milk, will also leave cavity-causing sugars and starches on your kids teeth. By consuming these regularly through the day, we’re not giving our saliva the chance to do its job, increasing the chance of cavities forming. In between meals, be sure to drink water only, and never settle toddlers with milk or juice in their bottle just before sleeping.

3. Drink tap water

Fluoride is a critical element in protecting teeth from cavities. It gets into teeth to help harden them and protect them from the acids that create cavities. Tap water in all capital cities, and other areas of Australia, contain fluoride. Drinking this water regularly, together with using fluoride toothpaste, will help in the fight against tooth decay.

4. Brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Help or supervise til about 8 years old

Encourage your children to brush their teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes – after breakfast and before bed. Always use fluoride toothpaste. Only a small amount is required. When getting children into a regular pattern, sometimes rewards for regular brushing or brushing for 2 minutes at a time, may work well. Electric toothbrushes are also a good way to add some fun and novelty to teeth brushing. Up to the age of about 8, children generally need some assistance or at least supervision to ensure they are brushing correctly and thoroughly.

5. Schedule regular visits to the dentist from age 2

Prevention is always better than a cure, so regularly check the health of your kids (and your) teeth with your dentist. Potential problems can be picked up early – before they become painful, and possibly expensive, experiences. Even if your kids are still having baby teeth coming through, it helps to have a dentist keep an eye on their oral health as the teeth come through.

Best of all, Everton Park Dental offers gap-free dental for kids – meaning you’ll have no out-of-pockets to have regular checkups!

 

Contact us today for more information. (07) 3355 7936

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Opening Hours : Mon to Fri 8am – 6pm | Sat 8am – 1pm

Don’t forget to book in for a checkup. If you can’t make it during the week, remember we are open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Simply click on the on-line booking link and find a suitable time. We look forward to seeing you and your family soon for a healthier, happier smile.

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A family friendly practice

Everton Park Dental is a family friendly practice. The practice completes all facets of dentistry and prides itself on its quality dentistry and professional service. They enjoy treating children of all ages and offer a rebate only service for school aged children. This is for all exams, xrays, cleans and fluoride treatments.

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