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When should my child start going to a dentist?
We always recommend that they start early, usually with a ride in the chair after mum or dad’s appointment. This can be a good prelude to their own booked appointment and allows them a positive first experience. The general recommendation for a proper dental visit is when the first tooth erupts or at 12 months, whichever comes first. This allows parents to ask questions about caring for their child’s teeth and to establish good hygiene practices from a young age. We also recommend flipping your baby’s lips up/down to check their teeth at home as this can help detect early issues including anatomical issues, early caries, insufficient oral hygiene etc.
Is there anything I can do to help prepare my child for the dentist?
There are many books that can be purchased to help prepare them for the dentist. Apart from that always speak positively about the dentist and do not use the dentist or dental procedures as a deterrent for bad behaviour such as not brushing their teeth or eating lollies. We are also well-trained to deal with children and will help you introduce the whole process when they attend the surgery.
Somone mentioned that my baby has a tongue tie, what does this mean? Does it require treatment?
Congratulations on your baby. It's such an achievement! When my eldest was born, the first thing I noticed as they passed him to me was his tongue tie! I couldn't help it! My obstetrician laughed as I mentioned it. I was taught to latch him and everything seemed normal, no noticable pain on latching which was a huge relief for me as I really dreaded it.
So, what about the tongue tie? Well, we went to multiple lactation consultants, spent lots and lots of money trying to 'fix it'. In the end though, I spoke to Dr Bobby Ghaheri who essentially advised me that given I had no issues breastfeeding and no pain noticed, to keep an eye on my supply and monitor at this stage.
Since my first, I've attended several tongue and lip tie courses and have developed a keen interest in this subject. I am trained to perform corrections but given the small nature of my clinic, I will not be offering this service until I'm able to finance state of the art laser equipments. Hopefully this will not be too long in the future.
In the meantime, I'm happy to assess and refer to the most appropriate practitioner for correction as needed. Tongue and lip ties are complex and there is no such thing as one size fits all. My 2 year old who has never had his corrected can speak, eat and even lick well. His tongue tie which I thought was severe and restrictive has now actually improved. His lip tie has also improved with age and this is a great outcome for us. Each case is individual and require good assessment followed by the right approach. Call or book online today for a consult or to find out more.