What's the greatest gift you can give your children and teenagers this Christmas holiday time?
A relaxed attitude to dental appointments and a consistent relationship with our dental practice!
We want to see you AND your kids so we can chat and exchange information in an informal manner and you can ask us questions and we can be helpful because we know what you want and like.
Book in for the Christmas holidays or before you go away.
Q. My childs baby teeth are still present and the adult teeth are starting to come through - is this a worry?
A. This is quite common. It's often a sign that the mouth won't have enough room for the permanent teeth. See your dentist. Don't upset your child by saying the dentist will need to take teeth out. Let the dentist make the decision. If removing baby teeth won't benefit the child in the long term the dentist may leave nature to take its course.
Baby teeth eruption times: Very approximate
Upper and lower front 4 teeth - 6 to 16 months
Upper and lower canine teeth - 16 to 23 months
Upper and lower molar teeth - 1year to 3 years
Permanent teeth eruption times: Very approximate
Upper and lower front 4 teeth: 6 to 9 years
Upper and lower first molars(six year old molars): 6 to 7 years
Upper and lower canine and premolars: 10 -12 years
Upper and lower second molars(12 year old molars): 11 - 13 years
Upper and lower third molars( wisdom teeth): 17 - 25 years
Q What are fissure sealants and are they a good idea for my kids?
A.The chewing surface of the back molar teeth often has grooves and pits where food collects. To help prevent decay, sealants are painted on these surfaces. These form a barrier to keep food and bacteria out.
Ask the dentist about this preventive treatment. The molar teeth grow from about 6 years of age and are present BEHIND the last baby molar teeth.
Q. Are braces out of date now and when should I worry about my kids teeth being straight?
Some children benefit from treatment at an early age to correct teeth or jaw problems.
Early treatment can sometimes save the need for later treatment or make the final outcome of later treatment much more successful.
Gift your kids time
- time to come with them to the dentist
Mark has represented his profession in the highly regarded position of ADA VB President and is a consultant in his field, yet he is consistent, approachable and has the highest regard for his patients wellbeing.
Dr Mark Bowman BDSc (Melb)