When should children be coming for their first visit?
Ideally, children should come for their first visit at 4 years of age. This need not be a formal check-up but can be done at the same time as Mom or Dad’s check-up appointment. The aim is to have your child’s first appointment when there is nothing wrong – as a “meet and greet”.
We try and make this appointment easy, short and fun so that your child’s first memory of visiting the dentist is a positive experience. At this age, if there is a problem, it is usually small and can be corrected simply.
Do not wait until your child complains of pain before you bring them in for the first time. This could result in the early memories of visiting the Dentist as being negative and create phobias for the future
At what age should my child be getting his/her first big tooth?
Generally around the age of 6 or 7. Girls usually at 6 and boys at 7.
What type of fillings will be used?
Only white bonded fillings will be used. We do not use Amalgam/silver fillings.
When should I be concerned if my child may need braces?
Generally, braces will only be placed once most of the “baby teeth” have been lost. This occurs around 11-13 years of age. The use of “plates” can be used earlier, from 9 years onwards. These are used to correct minor problems.
Custom-made gum guards are made to fit exactly to the patient’s teeth. This provides greater comfort, retention and protection than generic off the shelf gum guards. We provide protective gum guards for all ages from junior school children to professional adult sportsmen and women. In most junior schools in KZN, it is illegal to play rugby without a gum guard. Others sports include hockey and martial arts.
Why should I bring my child in for regular check up’s?
Due to a reduced amount of Enamel on “Baby teeth”, decay and holes develop much quicker in baby teeth compared to adult teeth. This means that even though your child may not be complaining of a tooth problem, there could be decay developing unnoticed. Instead bring your child in every 6 months so that we can make sure that if there are holes forming, then they are small and easy to fix. Don’t wait until your child tells you that they have a toothache because chances are an abscess may be forming.
Fissure sealants are Fluoride based “filling” materials that are used to provide a protective and preventative lining on children’s adult molar teeth. In all molar teeth, there are deep grooves/fissures, and this is where bacteria can accumulate, thus resulting in decay. Therefore while these grooves are still clean and without any signs of decay, a sealant is placed into these grooves in order to “block them out” and prevent bacteria from lodging there. Fissure sealants contain extra fluoride to strengthen these teeth. Fissure Sealants are done roughly at the age of 6 or 7 years of age, and the procedure is painless as it does not involve any injections or drilling.
Practice No. 0284564
28 Rodger Sishi Rd
Telephone 031 266 8396
082 940 0614