Childrens Dentistry – FAQ’s

Are my child’s baby teeth important?

Baby teeth are very important in ensuring your child’s jaw and adult teeth grow and develop correctly. If your child loses baby teeth too soon, due to decay or trauma, their adult teeth may develop out of alignment, leading to a need for orthodontics in the future.

At what age should I start cleaning my child’s teeth?

You can start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they start to come through the gums. This will generally be around six to nine months of age.

Why is fluoride important for my child’s oral health?

Fluoride makes your child’s tooth enamel more resistant to plaque, which is why at Painfree Dentistry we recommend that children start using a low fluoride based toothpaste between two and six years of age. Use a very small amount, around half the size of a pea, and brush gently with a soft bristled brush.

When should my child’s baby teeth fall out?

Your child will generally lose their front eight baby teeth between six and eight years of age, when their first permanent molars are coming through behind the baby teeth. When they reach around ten to twelve years old, they will lose their remaining baby teeth which are replaced with adult teeth.

How often should my child see the dentist?

We recommend that your child visits the Painfree Dentistry team every six months for a checkup, so that we can monitor the development of their dental health and address any potential problems early.

How can I ensure my child isn’t frightened of the dentist?

We recommend you bring your child to visit the friendly Painfree Dentistry team as early as possible, to help them see visiting the dentist as a normal part of everyday life. You are welcome to visit us for your checkup along with your child, so they can see there is nothing to be anxious or nervous about.