Paediatric Dentistry

The world of tiny teeth deserves specialised attention. At Dr Ivana Bugwandeen’s family dental practice, we ensure every child’s dental journey begins on a joyful note.

Why is paediatric dentistry important?

Paediatric dentistry focuses on the oral health of children from infancy through their teenage years. Early dental care ensures children’s primary teeth stay healthy and free of decay and gum disease, setting a foundation for healthy adult teeth to emerge in the right position.

When should my child’s first dental visit be?

It’s recommended to schedule the first visit soon after your child’s first tooth emerges, typically around their first birthday. Early visits help in spotting potential issues and acclimating your child to the dentist.

What can I expect during my child’s first visit?

Your child’s first dental visit with Dr Bugwandeen will be all about making them comfortable. It usually involves:

  • A gentle examination of the teeth, jaw, bite, gums, and oral tissues.
  • A basic cleaning and advice on at-home oral care.
  • Guidance on dental and facial growth and development.

What dental treatments do you offer for children?

We provide comprehensive paediatric dental care, including:

  • Preventative care: Cleanings, fluoride treatments, and nutrition recommendationsh
  • Habit counselling: Guidance on pacifier use or thumb sucking
  • Early assessment for orthodontics: Evaluating the need for braces or adjustments
  • Management of gum diseases and conditions: Ulcers, short frenulum, and paediatric periodontal disease
  • Repair of cavities or defects
  • Dental injury care: Fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teet

How can I prepare my child for their dental visit?

Use positive language, read them stories about dental visits, and perhaps do a fun role-play where you’re the dentist and they’re the patient. The key is to keep things light and positive.

How can I ensure my child’s dental health at home?

  • Start brushing as soon as the first tooth appears using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Use age-appropriate fluoride toothpaste from age 2 unless advised otherwise by the dentist.
  • Ensure a balanced diet and limit snacks with high sugar content.
  • Replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months or sooner if bristles are worn.
  • Regularly check their teeth for signs of cavities, like discolouration.

Embrace your child’s oral health by scheduling an appointment with our welcoming team!

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