Children’s Dentistry

At Barkly Street Dental Group we are committed to caring for children’s teeth and their overall dental health. We are passionate about educating children from an early age about looking after their teeth and gums. Establishing a regimen of regular examinations for your child from an early age will give them an enormous benefit in prevention and early detection as well as fostering a relaxed attitude to dental care.

Dental Care for Children: Hints and Tips for Healthy Teeth

  1. Healthy Eating – Cavity causing foods are those with high sugar content. To reduce the risk of tooth decay it is important to reduce the total intake of sugary foods and the frequency of when sugars are eaten throughout the day.
  2. Healthy Drinking – Children should drink plenty of plain tap water and limit the consumption of soft drinks, sports drinks, cordials and fruit juices which generally have a high sugar content. If you are on tank-water, your children will have a higher risk of decay due to the absence of fluoride in the water.
  3. Brush Twice a Day – It is important for children to clean their teeth at least twice a day with a gentle but thorough brushing action using a soft brush with a small head and fluoride toothpaste. Correct regular brushing will reduce plaque build-up and tooth decay and help maintain healthy gums and teeth. Up to age 8 children will need assistance to brush correctly as they will lack the manual dexterity to brush correctly before this time.
  4. Visit Your Dentist Regularly – It is recommended that from age 3 children visit the dentist every six months for a thorough examination. Regular check-ups from an early age reinforce good dental care and assist in reducing the need for fillings in the future.
  5. Wear a Mouth Guard for Sport – It is important to play safe in all sports by protecting children’s teeth with a custom-made, professionally fitted mouth guard. Mouth guards are available in a range of colours.