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Oral hygiene is important in early years, to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Regular Dental check-ups help your dentist to help you prevent and treat decay before it causes cavities and toothache.

Children should start to visit the dental practice as young as possible, so bring them along with you to your check-ups. They may be too young for an examination but the visits helps to familiarise them with the surroundings, the smells, noise and most important they meet the dentist.

The examinations will be informal to start, a quick look using a dental mirror. Counting the teeth and looking for signs of decay. As the child's confidence grows your dentist will carry out a more thorough examination.

The check up - The dentist will look at the following -

  • Which teeth have erupted (come through the gum).
  • Accessing the development of the jaw.
  • Looking at the soft tissues (tongue, cheeks, lips and throat).
  • Checking for cavities in the teeth.
  • As the child gets older we will assess the how they bite together to check if orthodontics are required later on.

We give advice on preventive care

  • Healthy diet.
  • Brushing techniques.
  • Fluoride treatments if necessary.
  • Fissure sealants if there's a high risk of cavities developing.

How to take care of your child's teeth

Oral hygiene starts as soon as your child's first tooth erupts through the gum, this is around six months of age.

  • Use a small and very soft child's toothbrush and a rice sized amount of children's tooth paste. As this contains less fluoride than adult tooth pastes; if you are unsure about the fluoride content please speak to your dentist or health visitor.
  • Brush twice a day once in the morning and before bed, cleaning the teeth and the gum area. You will need to clean your child's teeth or supervise until they are around 8 years old.
  • Encourage your child to spit the toothpaste out but not to rinse with water as this reduces the effects of the fluoride.
  • Do NOT allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle of milk, formula milk or any fruit juice as these have hidden sugars which will pool around the teeth as they sleep, leading to cavities.
  • Limit the amount of sugars in your child's diet. If they do have sugary snacks and drinks keep them to meal times only and give water and healthy snacks in between.

If your child is prone to tooth decay in their baby teeth your dentist may recommend fluoride treatment as this helps to strengthen the tooth surface. Then as the adult teeth erupt through the gum, it may be advised that a protective layer is painted onto the tooth's biting surface, which is called 'Fissure Sealants'

Happy Clients

Kerry Scheveling

I can’t recommend this dental practice highly enough, visited recently as a new patient requiring treatment. Friendly staff and professional dentist, very reassuring making for a less stressful & comfortable experience.

Dez Poutama

Very pleased with my wife and my treatment, after moving up from Sydney we needed to find a local dentist, very friendly professional staff everything was explained thoroughly and we left extremely happy with the whole experience. Can highly recommend Ettalong Beach Dental.

Kimberley Bowman

I’d like to thank the staff at Ettalong Beach Dental for such a comforting and pleasant visit earlier this year!! Not only was my experience pain free but the service was great and employees ensured that I left happy! The receptionist (Janine) was kind and caring, also helped me with a lot of questions. Dr Lloyd and assistant (Heidi) made me feel comfortable and calm during my visit. Would highly recommend to anyone!

Sarah Paterson

I would like to thankyou Dr Alder for your care and making my visit to the Dentist less stressful and your staff are so helpful, from Janine at the desk to the nurses in the surgery that it is a pleasure to keep my appointment.

Sam Easter

After having a niggling toothache I made an appointment to go see Lloyd. Having not seen a dentist for several years I was quite apprehensive prior to the outset! From the very start he was very caring and receptive and was able to sort my pain out straight away and set my mind at ease! If you are after a dentist who is gentle and kind I would highly recommend seeing Lloyd.

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