A mouthguard is a device worn over your teeth that protects them from potential trauma during sport. Mouthguards are important for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact or flying equipment.
This can include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain biking — or any such activity that might result in an injury to the mouth.
Mouthguards typically cover the upper teeth and are designed to protect the teeth and the soft tissues that support the teeth.
No matter what type of mouthguard you choose, it should be comfortable and able to protect the teeth and surrounding structures. When mouthguards fit well, they shouldn’t fall out when talking or impede breathing and speech.
Mouthguards should ideally be replaced after each season because they can wear down over time, making them less effective. Replacement is especially important in children and adolescents as their mouths continue to grow and teeth continue to develop into adulthood.
Ensure you talk to us about mouthguard for your child during your appointments.
Most children love eating fruit: in fact, they are a great choice as a snack. They are a valuable source of vitamins and nutrients for your child’s overall health and wellbeing.
Some fruits, however, can be high in acid. This high acid content in many fruits and juices can cause enamel to lose its high mineral content rendering it weak and prone to sensitivity (to temperature changes and sweet foods) and decay. This erosion of enamel due to food acid is a slow process, however, can cause significant issues to the developing dentition in a child.
The pH value is a measure of how acidic the food is. Food that has a pH value of less than 7.0 is considered acidic; lower the pH, higher the level of acidity.
Here are some pH values of common fruits:
Lemon Juice (2.00 – 2.60); Limes (2.00 – 2.80); Cranberry Juice (2.30 – 2.52); Grapes (2.90 – 3.82); Pomegranates (2.93 – 3.20); Grapefruits (3.00 – 3.75); Blueberries (3.12 – 3.33); Pineapples (3.20 – 4.00); Apples (3.33 – 4.00); Peaches (3.30 – 4.05); Mangos (3.40 – 4.80); Oranges (3.69 – 4.34)
But keep in mind there are plenty of fruits that have higher pH values and have. For example, rockmelons which are a great natural source of vitamin C, have a much less acidic pH of 6.13-6.58. Honeydew melons and bananas are other fruits that have high pH values.
It is important to be aware that fruit juices, preserves, jams, jellies and wines can also be quite acidic. (Interestingly other plant sources, including tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and kiwi, are also equally good sources of nutrients such as vitamin C)
Here are a simple few tips to help protect your child’s teeth particularly when they have a high fruit intake
Ensure you have a good discussion with your child dentist regarding their diet to help establish good oral health practices, early in life.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics and to help begin the conversation with your children’s dentist. It should not be used as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your health care professional prior to incorporating this as part of your child’s diet or health regimen.
As most of you would be aware due to the ongoing issues with the COVID-19 we have postponed all routine dental care.
If you are a new or routine patient of the practice we would have already been in touch to reschedule your appointment. We will endeavour to keep you updated of any changes via our website, social media channels and the telephone.
However, should you feel that your child needs urgent dental care, please contact one of our staff via telephone on 9188-0202. We have made provisions to triage and consult via telephone in urgent cases.
Given the restrictions placed on all practices by the Australian Dental Association, we may only be able to complete limited procedures on certain days.
Should your child be in pain please ensure we are aware so that we can discuss options to help manage this should treatment not be possible immediately.
If your child has a facial swelling or dental trauma, please contact:
We thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you all very soon
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Given the current issues with the COVID-19, we are changing things at the practice so we can continue to provide the best care possible to all our young patients. Alongside this, we are equally committed to ensuring a safe environment by reducing risks for patients, their families and staff members alike. We will be in touch with all of you via phone and SMS in the coming days and weeks to keep you up to date with the changes. Some of these may include:
Although we will be in touch with all of you soon enough via phone, should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
We understand that this is a testing time for every single one of us and appreciate your understanding and assistance in ensuring that we all stay safe.
Nitrous oxide also known as “laughing gas” is a safe, mild sedating agent that helps children remain relaxed during dental procedures.
It is administered with the use of a “mask on the nose” that are often scented to make the otherwise odourless gas more acceptable.
The gas is a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide that can easily be changed to achieve an appropriate and safe level of sedation for your child. The mask remains in place until the end of the procedure.
Your child is awake during the entire procedure and may feel like they are floating. While some children laugh, others either tend to become chatty or quite relaxed. When the procedure is complete, the child breathes pure oxygen to ensure the complete elimination of the nitrous oxide from the system.
We often ask that your child eats something light one hour before the procedure.
Although a very safe and effective technique, the use of nitrous oxide is dependent on a number of factors including the child’s age, temperament and ability to communicate; often acceptance of the mask is the greatest challenge.
The ability to accept treatment in the chair with happy gas is assessed and discussed extensively with parents and carers during the initial consultation visit.
Dental X-Rays (Radiographs) are images that we use to evaluate the health of individual teeth.
These radiographs are used with low levels of radiation to capture images of the interior of your teeth and gums. This can help us detect abnormalities such as tooth decay, developmental issues or any infection associated with your child’s teeth. Often these abnormalities are not visible to the naked eye.
Are they safe and does my child need radiographs?
Regardless of whether you’re a child or an adult, you can have radiographs safely taken of the inside and outside of your mouth. The amount of radiation involved is extremely low.
If there is little benefit in taking a radiograph, or it does not affect immediate treatment, we may often choose not to take one.
However, cavities between teeth are best caught early. If you wait until you can see it without an X-ray, it could cause more serious damage to the teeth.
What can radiographs help to detect?
What types of radiographs are required?
Accidents can happen at any age but knowing what to do when a dental emergency occurs is crucial. If your child’s tooth or mouth get knocked contact your dentist immediately to get some advice or be seen.
Children that are learning to crawl or walk are prone to falling over. In fact, many injuries in young children occur during these first few years of life. Although part of normal development, significant damage can occur to teeth if injured and left untreated. During the first years of life, the primary teeth are very closely related to the permanent teeth, which are forming inside the bone. When an injury occurs to the primary teeth in this period, it can affect the aesthetics of the permanent teeth, which will present at approximately eight years of age with whitish marks or a deformation in the crown depending on the extent of the injury.
The most serious lesions on the primary teeth can cause complications to the permanent successors; ie. intrusion (when the tooth is buried in the gum) and avulsion (when the tooth is knocked out). Both situations are more serious the younger the child is. The primary tooth should not be replaced once it has been knocked out.
If your child knocks their baby (primary) tooth out:
If your child knocks their adult (permanent) tooth:
Children between 7 and 10 years of age are more exposed to suffer avulsion due to the elasticity of the bone at this age. Good oral hygiene is crucial to allow good healing.
Although children get their teeth at different times, first teeth usually appear between six and ten months. Generally, by the time children are three years old, they will have all their baby teeth.
Brushing from when the first tooth appears twice a day is recommended by most oral health professionals. This not only ensures the surfaces of the teeth are cleaned of bacteria that have the potential to cause tooth decay but also helps to establish good habits at an early age for your child.
Although most guidelines recommend not using any toothpaste until 18 months of age, your dentist may recommend using toothpaste from as early as 12 months of age. By the age of 18 months, molar teeth are in the mouth and establishing good brushing habits with toothpaste early reduces the risk of these molars being affected by tooth decay.
A general guide to choosing the best toothpaste for your child
Finally, remember that discussing what toothpaste your child uses at different ages is an important conversation that should be had at each consultation with your dentist.
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