Paediatric Dental Clinic - Dental care in Blackburn North
Focus Dental Group’s primary children dentist in Blackburn North, Dr. Christina Wong, is passionate about children’s dentistry. She realises the importance of oral hygiene in the early years of a person’s life; hence she is dedicated to providing dental treatments for children.
Dental visits for children to the paediatric dental clinic and dental care may not be a pleasing experience. However, at our dental clinic in Blackburn North, our paediatric dentist takes every effort to provide high-quality dental treatments while keeping in mind the comfort of your child. You can trust us with your baby’s first dental visit too. No matter what treatment your child needs to go through, we aim at making their visit as pleasing and as comfortable as possible.
We also provide other dental services like teeth whitening, dental emergency, orthodontics treatment, and pediatric dental care. Browse our website for any dental treatment. and more in Blackburn. Our service locations are not limited till Blackburn, Australia but we also offer services in the area of Doncaster East, Nunawading, Burwood, Forest Hill, and Eastern Suburbs.
Kids Dentist Blackburn
Here at Focus Dental Group, we believe in the importance of setting children up with good habits. By teaching dental hygiene to children at a young age, we can help them continue these practices into adulthood and set them up with healthy smiles for life. Trips to the dentist can be daunting, even for adults. Looking back on our childhoods, we may not associate the dentist with very positive memories. Here at Focus Dental Group, we want to change that. We pride ourselves on being a leading kid’s dentist in Blackburn and will make sure every visit is as comfortable for your child as possible.
Your Child’s First Dentist Visit
We recommend your child coming in for dentist appointments every 6 to 12 months. Combined with good brushing habits at home, this will help improve your children’s teeth’ health. Each visit will be similar to the first dental visit and will likely involve a visual evaluation and cleaning of your child’s teeth. Between the ages of 4 and 6, your dentist may recommend that your child start getting dental x-rays for a more in-depth assessment of your child’s whole mouth.
Kids can easily pick up on their parents’ anxieties, so it’s essential to try and stay calm when talking to your children about the dentist. Avoid any negative associations when talking to your children, such as talking about pain and needles. Inform your kids ahead of time that they’re going to the dentist to avoid any last-minute surprises. Keeping them in the dark will lead to more confusion and make them fearful when they receive a sudden shock. Keep it light-hearted when telling them why they are going there and why it’s important to schedule regular visits.
Teaching your kids not to be scared of the dentist will help avoid dental anxiety as they get older and will encourage them to continue good dental habits up into adulthood. If you need a kid’s dentist in Blackburn that can help alleviate the stress of a first dentist visit, call Focus Dental Group today to make an appointment.
How to Brush a Kid's Teeth
How To Brush Your Baby's Teeth
We always recommend that they start early, usually with a ride in the chair after mum or dad’s appointment. This can be an excellent prelude to their own booked appointment and gives them a positive first experience. The general recommendation for a proper dental visit is when the first tooth erupts or when your child is 12 months old, whichever comes first. This allows parents to ask questions about their child’s teeth and to help the child 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, inadequate oral hygiene, and other issues.
Many books 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.
Someone mentioned that my baby has a tongue tie. What does this mean? Does it require treatment by an expert dentist for the baby?
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 noticeable pain on latching which was a massive relief for me as I 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 equipment. 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 this problem 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 an excellent outcome for us. Each case is individual and requires proper assessment followed by the right approach.