Here at MS Dental we are a very Family Friendly dental surgery. We understand the needs of children and their developing teeth. Our focus is for providing quality care to children and families and work together to establish lifelong habits. We believe that by making early experience positive we can alleviate a lot of dental problems and phobias that can occur later in life.
All our Dentists are gentle and caring and will not force any treatment on anyone, especially children. Our nurses are bright and bubbly and talk to the kids to help them relax and feel comfortable in the chair. We have an area the kids can sit and play while waiting for their turn or just while waiting for other family to finish.
At What Age Should My Kids Start Going to the Dentist?
All kids should be exposed to the Dentist from a very young age. They should start going to the dentist when other family members visit the Dentist as soon as they have any teeth. Even just sitting and watching has a positive effect for the kids. The first couple time’s they may not want to sit in the dental chair and that is fine, just getting use to the smell of the dentist, the look of all the equipment will all help them to become comfortable and in their time, they will start to let the dentist do more.
What Preventative Treatment Should Children Have?
There are a couple of preventative treatments that are great for all children.
Firstly, a General check-up and clean every 6 months is the best way to prevent any bacteria to grow in their mouth and help prevent any decay.
Fissure sealants are another great preventative treatment for all children. Not only does it help prevent decay in the hard to reach places, but also helps to get the kids use to the dental equipment for any future dental treatment.
What Should I do in an Emergency?
Being prepared for an emergency is like being prepared for any other type of emergency.
Check for bleeding
Stop the bleeding by applying pressure
Clean the wound
assess the severity
apply cold pack (ice blocks work well)
Types of Emergencys:
The most common type of emergency seen with children is Trauma. This can be due to sports injury, or accidents in the playground. If your child experiences trauma, It is a good idea to consult with your Dentist.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
A chipped or broken tooth requires dental attention. Once a tooth has become chipped or broken, bacteria can enter the tooths pulp or nerve and cause an infection. Even a baby tooth would require dental attention.
Cut or bitten tongue, lip and cheek
If your child cuts or bites their tongue, it is best to apply direct pressure to the wound to stop any bleeding. If there is any swelling applying a cold pack will assist in reducing the swelling. ( an ice block works well). Finally, if needed give your child any pain relief for discomfort.
The first thing to do when your child has a tooth ache is to get them to rinse out with warm salty water. If there is any swelling, apply a cold pack directly to the area then give any pain relief as needed and a visit to the dentist as soon as possible.
What Should I Do If My Child Falls and Knocks Out A Permanent Tooth?
If your child knocks a tooth out of the socket, the best thing to do if possible, is place the tooth back in the socket. If unsure or the tooth is dirty or broken, place the tooth in a glass of milk and see a dentist as soon as possible. It is important to only handle the tooth by the chewing surfaces being careful to not touch the root.