Congratulations to our dentists Dr Martain Vanderburg (Coastal Dental Care Burleigh Waters), Dr Richard Kneebone (Coastal Dental Care Kingscliff) and Dr William Dear (Coastal Dental Care Runaway Bay); all of them became dads recently, and we wish their families all the best for the future!
The first to arrive mid-February was Dr Richard Kneebone’s newest addition, little Elanor Rose. She is the second child for our popular Kingscliff dentist. A month later on April 11, James Patrick Dear was born weighing 3.05kg. He is the first child for Runaway Bay’s Dr William Dear, and the absolute apple of the new dad’s eye. The youngest member of the Coastal Dental Care family is Isla. Born on June 17, she is also the first child for Burleigh Waters dentist, Dr Martain Vanderburg.
With all these new babies around, the question arises; when a child should come in for their first dental visit? Many babies develop their first teeth between six and nine months of age. By their first birthday, they usually have about eight teeth. Of course, this number can vary from child to child because every baby’s development is different. Nevertheless, the Queensland Government recommends your child attend the dentist for the first time when they turn 1.
You can bring your baby at an even younger age to just sit in your lap and to get used to the smell, the sounds and the environment of a dental practice. If you have older children, book them all in together so the youngest one can watch the older siblings in the chair first. Many young children develop a natural curiosity then and feel safer when it is their turn.
You can also support the confidence of your young one by making dental visits fun. Try things like counting teeth, reading tooth fairy stories, and even get some advice on tooth brushing and practice together. If your child has had any previous dentist or doctor experiences which you think may influence their behaviour, let our friendly team know about these in advance so we can take steps to ensure they are comfortable and confident during their visit.
To keep your children’s teeth as healthy as possible in the long run, brushing and dental visits are as important as a healthy diet. By brushing your child’s teeth twice a day with a special toothpaste and toothbrush (ask our staff for our free special packages for young children!), you strengthen their teeth, prevent decay and establish a good routine. Praise your children when they do a good job brushing their teeth, and supervise the younger ones. You can even make it a ritual before reading a bedtime story to brush your teeth all together.
Even though baby teeth fall out, they build the foundation of your child’s bite and influence their chewing ability, as well as their speech development. It’s a good idea to integrate any sugary and starchy goods into main meal times because products such as cookies, fruit juice, soft drinks and potato chips produce plaque acids that can cause tooth decay. If you schedule them in with main meals or as desert after, the extra saliva produced helps to rinse food from their mouth. This also means it’s best to try to limit sugary snack foods for your children.
We are pretty sure Isla, James and Elanor Rose will all get to visit our practices even before their first birthday to visit their daddies at work. If you would like to book your children in, please contact a Coastal Dental Care practice today!