One of the most important aspects of childhood development is good oral health.

It is important children are introduced to dental visits early – we recommend the first visit occurs when they are around three-years-old. This can help reduce anxiety about going to the dentist, plus it allows your dentist to monitor development and cleaning habits.

Healthy baby teeth enable children to eat solid foods, and are essential in the development of their jawbone to ensure there is enough space for adult teeth to come through in their correct position. Baby teeth also help with sounding words correctly as children learn to speak.

It is important children have the best dental care available as they transition from their baby teeth to their adult teeth. Regular dentist visits mean early detection, and when abnormalities or decay are caught early, then treatment can be minimal and less invasive.

Baby teeth lost early due to tooth decay is the leading cause of crowding of the adult teeth, which start coming in when children are aged 6-7.

If you see crowding, you should bring your child in to see us for a consultation.

Crowding is not uncommon because adult teeth are larger than baby teeth, jaw size and growth may not provide enough space, but left untreated crowding can lead to dental issues in adults.

We can also offer orthodontic assessment and treatment in young children, around age six. This is referred to as interceptive orthopaedics and is based on the philosophy of early intervention to minimise the need for extensive orthodontic treatment in later years.

Not just concerned with straightening teeth to create a beautiful smile, orthodontics is focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems with tooth and jaw alignment.

Through the use of corrective appliances such as braces, plates, splints and clear aligners, orthodontics aims to ensure your bite, mouth and jaws are aligned correctly and working in perfect harmony so as to maintain long-term oral health.

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