Children’s Dentistry

We welcome children of all ages to our practice: The Dentist Hornsby. We understand visiting the dentist can be a daunting ordeal, and we pride ourselves on taking the time to develop a relationship with your child to ensure everything is done in a positive and relaxed manner.

Do baby teeth need to be filled if they are going to fall out?

Decayed or broken baby teeth can cause unwanted pain and suffering. If they are extracted too early there can be problems with the bite as adult teeth come through and drift into the wrong position.

When should my child first see the dentist?

There is no set rule, but earlier is better than later. We feel it is important we develop a relationship with the child. Developing a routine with regular check ups helps with familiarity of the team and the surroundings. We will try and make the experience fun and comfortable. Imagine your child has not been to the dentist before and at the first appointment we have to do something major like an extraction. It could traumatise them for life.

Early visits to the childrens dentist can prevent minor problems from becoming major ones. Dr Le will be able to detect early decay. Teach good habits early, as good habits start young for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

A common problem seen in infants and younger children is decay.

Bottle and breast-fed babies are both susceptible. Babies left with a bottle as a pacifier and those who are frequently nursed, especially at night, run the danger of bottle or nursing decay due to the prolonged exposure to milk (human milk is no exception) or juice. Teeth normally affected are the top front teeth. The back teeth on top and bottom may also be affected.

Another common decay problem seen in preschool children is due to frequent exposure to:hornsby dentist Childrens Dentist

  • sugary
  • starchy
  • acidic foods

Including all forms of juices, cordials and soft drinks.

Constant snacking is the most harmful cause as there is a constant supply of food for bacteria to breakdown into acids which eat into the tooth.

What to do in an emergency?

  • Knocked out tooth – When handling the tooth try not to touch the root, place the tooth in milk. Do not wash under tap water. Try and get to the dentist as soon as possible.
  • Broken teeth from fall – there may be bleeding around the gum, try and rinse with some saltwater and see the dentist as soon as practicable. Pain relief may be indicated.
  • Bleeding – sometimes falls cause soft tissue injuries (e.g. through the lip), clean out as best as you can, apply pressure to the area along with a cold pack.

Fissure Sealants

We also offer fissure sealants on newly erupted adult teeth. These are especially important to cover over those deep grooves in the teeth where plaque and food tend to stick.

The procedure involves “painting” over the grooves and pits on the teeth which are prone to decay. This allows more effective brushing as the deep grooves are sealed over which provides less shelter for food and plaque to stick to. Consult us to see if your child has these deep pits and grooves

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