The Australian Dental Association recommends your child’s first dental visit is within six months of the eruption of their first tooth, or by their first birthday. 

It can be easy to let this appointment pass by –After all, they’re only baby teeth right? But what parents need to know is that baby teeth play a vital role in preparing the way for adult teeth. Baby teeth, or primary teeth as they’re officially known, also help your child learn to chew and speak properly. Your dentist is the best person to examine your child’s primary teeth and identify any potential issues. Early intervention can save your baby from later difficulties. In most cases it’s a simple, quick and non-invasive visit where your baby will enjoy the special attention.

At MC Dental our friendly team of dentists are not just great at working with children – they’re brilliant with babies and infants too! Phone the clinic on 8608 8968 today to book your child’s primary teeth check.


For more information on baby teeth, refer to the ADA's "7 tips for healthy baby teeth" article: http://www.ada.org.au/app_cmslib/media/lib/0710/m99494_v1_babyteeth_postcard%20v.2.pdf

When a dental emergency occurs it can be a very stressful and painful time.  You need a solution and need it fast!  At MC Dental we encourage people to call us immediately for advice and a solid plan of action.  We always try our best to accommodate patients who have the misfortune of having experienced a dental emergency and our dentists are experts in solving a wide range of problems.

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has great advice for measures that you can take in the event of an emergency.  Don’t leave it until it’s too late, read these tips NOW:

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Toothache:
Very persistent toothache is always a sign that you need to see a dentist as soon as practicable. In the meantime, you should try to obtain relief by rinsing the mouth with water and trying to clean out debris from any obvious cavities. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped within the cavity (especially between the teeth). If swelling is present, place a cold compress to the outside of the cheek (DO NOT HEAT). Take pain relief if necessary, using pain medicines that you know you are safe with. Remember, no pain relief tablets will work directly on the tooth. They must be swallowed as directed. If placed on the tooth, they can cause more trouble (especially aspirin). 

Braces or retainers:
If a wire is causing irritation, cover the end of the wire with a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze or soft wax. If a wire is embedded in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, DO NOT attempt to remove it: Let the dentist do it. If there is a loose or broken appliance, GO TO THE ORTHODONTIST OR DENTIST. 

Knocked out tooth: 
If dirty, rinse tooth in milk holding it by the crown (not roots). If not available use water (few seconds only) or have patient suck it clean, then put the tooth back in the socket. If the tooth cannot be replanted, wrap in Glad Wrap or place it in milk or in the patient's mouth inside the cheek. Go to a dentist within 30 minutes if you can. Time is critical for successful replanting. 

Broken tooth: 
Try to clean debris from the injured area with warm water. If caused by a blow, place a cold compress on the face next to the injured tooth to minimize swelling. Try to find all the bits that are missing and bring them to the dentist, keeping them moist. Some broken bits can be bonded back onto the teeth almost invisibly. Go to the dentist as soon as practicable. 

Bitten tongue or lip: 
Apply direct pressure to bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply cold compress. If bleeding doesn't stop readily or the bite is severe, go to the dentist or hospital. 

Objects wedged between teeth: 
Try to remove the object with dental floss. Guide the floss in carefully so as not to cut the gums. If unsuccessful, go to a dentist.

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Remember, call MC Dental first if you have a dental emergency.  Phone the clinic on 8608 8968. We’re here to help you with all your dental needs.

Helping your child learn good dental hygiene habits is easy – and can be great fun too!  Children love to copy their parents, providing an excellent opportunity to teach brushing skills that will promote a lifetime of good dental health.

Tips:

Choose an appropriately sized toothbrush for your child.  There are lots of child-size toothbrushes available and your child will feel extra special having his or her very own toothbrush.  Some toothbrushes even feature characters from popular children’s television programs, adding that little bit of extra fun.

Whilst your child may initially need your hands-on help to ensure a thorough clean, giving your child the chance to finish the brushing session on their own can be a great confidence builder.  Try brushing your teeth at the same time as your child.  If you can safely elevate your child so that you can both see into a mirror while brushing you will soon find your child mimicking your brushing technique.  Pull funny faces and make it fun.  Some parents even have a special song to sing at brushing time.

It’s also important to make sure you’re using the right toothpaste for your child’s age group.  The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following:

  • Do not use fluoride toothpaste in children under 18 months of age
  • Choose a low-fluoride toothpaste for children 18 months to six years of age
  • Apply only a smear to the toothbrush and force it into the bristles
  • Ensure your child spits out the toothpaste after brushing
  • Store all toothpastes out of your child’s reach. Some children love the taste of toothpaste and will eat it if given the opportunity.

If you have any concerns regarding the development of your child’s teeth, you can book a dental appointment for peace of mind.  At MC Dental our friendly team of dentists are highly experienced in treating children and attending to the needs of developing teeth.  Phone MC Dental on 8608 8968 to book an appointment.

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