If it looks like we are having fun then, well, that’s because we are! I am a HUGE advocate for oral hygiene. You can tell so much about a person through the way they treat there mouth. If they floss, if they are eating properly or if have bad breath.
I had never taken the kids to the dentist before so I started asking around for when people thought was the right age to introduce the kids to the dentist.
At mothers group were shown a horrific video of kids getting pinned down, anesthetised and having teeth pulled out because of going to bed with bottles and bad diet. I have dreaded taking my kids to the dentist since. Not because any of them have had bottles or copious amounts of lollies but what if, for some crazy reason, something like that needed to happen to them! Scare tactic definitely scared me and not in the way I think they were hoping for….
When my friend Simone Heng told me that her brother in-law was a specialised Paediatric Dentist I started to ask questions and this time it happened to be in the right place.
Now before I go on with this post I want to make something very clear to all you dentist-phobic’s out there. I was really disappointed in the amount of adults that pulled ouchie faces when Autumn excitedly informed them of the fact that she was off to the dentist. C’mon people!! Isn’t it great that we can get our children excited about the dentist! Don’t let your hate for the dentist rub off on them! Rant over…..
What I didn’t’ know was that Paediatric Dentists are specialised in children’s dentistry. Just like an Orthodontist, Paediatric Dentists have completed an extra 3 years of specialist training focusing on working with children. Until now, I never knew this was an option.
Paediatric Dentist Justin Wong, owner and head dentist at Kinderdental, kindly offered to see all of my kids. Yes that’s right, even the baby! Dr Wong says that it’s really important that kids get an early acquaintance with the dentist to not only become comfortable but for the parents and kids to learn how important it is to look after their teeth. He says that all too often parents think that the first point of call for children is the school dentist but more often than not, problems that may have already occurred could have been lessened or even avoided if a check up was conducted earlier especially if your child is snoring or grinding. He recommends taking children in for a check up at about the age of one. Problems picked up early are easily treated and you know what they say, prevention is better than a cure.
I all too often hear adults say it’s not important until their kids adult teeth arrive because they are going to loose their baby teeth anyway but Dr Wong says that this is all wrong. Brushing teeth twice a day and even flossing older kids baby teeth is very important not only for hygiene but for creating a good habit for their adult lives.
Autumn has just turned 5. Her check up showed that her back teeth had closed together. Dr Wong showed me how to floss Autumn’s teeth and make sure that she doesn’t have a build up of plaque where the brush can’t quite make it anymore.
Lux still has plenty of gaps between his teeth but they needed a good professional clean. I am pretty strict on getting them to brush their teeth twice a day but have admittedly been slack in assisting them do this. Dr Wong recommends assisted brushing by the adults until about the age of 10.
Over all we had such a fantastic experience at Kinderdental. Everything in the surgery was kid friendly which made everyone (including myself) very comfortable. From the huge fish tank in the waiting area to the plasma TV above the dentist chair, everyone at Kinderdental knew how to deal with kids (even my super outgoing crazy ones).
Have you taken your kids to the dentist yet? Did they have any problems?