Childrens dentistry

Kids Corner

The Tooth Fairy
Long ago

Kids Corner

The Tooth Fairy

Long ago, in Europe, it was a common practice when a child’s baby tooth fell out (primary tooth) to bury it in the ground. The tooth was, in all likelihood, buried in the garden or in the fields surrounding the child”s home. It was done so that a new tooth (permanent tooth) would grow in its place.

As people migrated to this country, many of the same beliefs followed them. However, since most of the people now found themselves living in towns and cities, bare land wasn’t as plentiful. So they began placing the teeth in small flowerpots or planter boxes. Eventually this changed and the lost tooth was placed under the child’s pillow, where the tooth fairy switched the tooth (always in the middle of the night) for a treat or money.

The Story of the Tooth

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The Life of the Tooth

Teeth are for life.  Each tooth is unique.  Helping your child to adopting good oral hygiene habits can help protect a child’s unique set of teeth and help ensure they have teeth for life.

A guide to the development of teeth;

  • bottom front teeth (incisors) – these are the first to come through, at around five to seven months
  • top front teeth (incisors) – these come through at around six to eight months
  • top lateral incisors (either side of the top front teeth) – these come through at around nine to 11 months
  • bottom lateral incisors (either side of the bottom front teeth) – these come through at around 10-12 months
  • molars (back teeth) – these come through at around 12-16 months
  • canines (towards the back of the mouth) – these come through at around 16-20 months
  • second molars – these come through at around 20-30 months

Most children will have all of their milk teeth by the time they are two and a half years old

Brushing, Flossing & Good habits

From your childs’ first milk tooth to the visits from the tooth fairy to the development of adult teeth and wisdom teeth, there are some good habits that can be developed which can help your child to avoid oral health problems.  Here are some summary guidelines (more detail in the FAQ section)…

Establishing good habits can help your child avoid oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease.  You can help them enjoy trouble free teeth for life and

  • Start a brushing routine as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through
  • Visit Vard Dental so that your child becomes familiar with our environment and gets to know your friendly dentist. J Vard Dental can identify any oral health problems at an early stage.  Just opening up the child’s mouth for the dentist to take a look is a useful practise
  • From around the age of 7, encourage your child to brush their own teeth. Keep an eye on their brushing to ensure they are bushing properly (more details in FAQ section)
  • Sport enthusiasts – a sports mouth guard should be considered for children who engage in contact sports
  • Call us on 2855 841 for an appointment and we can discuss your specific concerns

At Vard Dental, as children grow we recommend brushing 2 minutes twice a day with toothpaste.

  • Use a soft or medium toothbrush with a small head. Using a small head will help you to reach into all areas of the mouth.
  • Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle along the gum line.
  • Use gentle circular movements observing where the bristles are brushing. Aim to get the bristles of the tooth brush in between your teeth.
  • Clean all teeth surfaces – outside, inside, top of teeth and along the gum line.
  • We also encourages you to brush the top of your tongue and inside your cheeks gently.

 

Getting your child to develop the habit of flossing is a great idea.  Flossing gets in between the teeth.  Normal brushing doesn’t clean in between the teeth completely so it’s important to floss every day.

Vard Dental will demonstrate flossing to you.  There are different types of floss (waxed / unwaxed). Small  interdental brushes of different sizes can be used, which we, at Vard Dental, will talk to you about so that you can decide which type works best for you and your child.

Dental sealants, also known as fissure sealants, are defined as a preventive dental treatment where a resin material is placed in the pits and fissures or chewing surfaces of primary or permanent molar & premolar teeth at the back of the mouth.   These molar teeth are considered the most susceptible teeth to dental decay or cavities due to the anatomy of the chewing surfaces of these teeth, which, unfortunately, inhibits protection from saliva and fluoride and instead favours plaque accumulation.

Dental sealants or fissure sealants facilitates prevention and early intervention, in order to prevent or stop the dental cavities or decay process.  Once a cavity forms in a tooth it will require a dental restoration in order to repair the damage, which can be expensive.  This emphasises the importance of prevention in preserving our teeth for a lifetime of chewing.