For children in particular, a trip to the dentist can be an overwhelming and daunting thing. Dr Sofia creates a calm, relaxed environment for children that will help them head into future appointments without dread.
When should I bring my child to the dentist?
It’s never too early to start visiting the dentist, and beginning a dental health routine that will last a lifetime. As soon as your child gets their milk-teeth, it’s time to make an appointment for their first check-up. Not only will the dentist be able to identify any early stages of dental problems, but your child will also become familiar with dental visits, helping to develop their confidence for future appointments. It will also be a vital opportunity to get professional advice about the best dental routines at home.
Why are regular check-ups important?
Regular check-ups with Dr Sofia will become part of your child’s routine. Building a relaxed relationship between your child and their dentist is a crucial tool in fuss-free check-ups, without tears. Changes in teeth and gums can be closely monitored and the dentist will be able to spot any issues early, before they become more painful problems. Good education and dental routines established in childhood will help to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
What childhood dental problems should I be aware of?
These problems can include:
Dental Erosion – The continued consumption of sugary drinks and snacks can damage a child’s tooth surface, and cause increased tooth sensitivity. As the pulp of the milk teeth is bigger and the teeth are less mineralised than mature teeth, the tooth decay progresses faster and can lead to pulp necrosis, infection and even abscesses, which would require root canal therapy – a treatment that is challenging for dentists to perform and children to endure.
Avulsed Tooth – Accidents from contact sports can cause a child’s tooth to be knocked out.
Misaligned Teeth – When a child’s adult teeth come through they are often misaligned and require straightening.
What is unique about Dr Sofia’s technique with children’s teeth?
Dr Sofia uses hard tissue lasers instead of a drill to remove the decayed tissue from the teeth. In 80% of cases this means that anaesthesia is not required to perform the procedure. Therefore, the experience is better for the child as the only thing he or she feels is the water spray and a “popping popcorn” sound. There is no pain, no high frequency drill sounds, and absolutely no fear.
With regular check-up appointments and good dental hygiene practices at home, children should maintain strong and healthy teeth. However, when problems do occur, Dr Sofia’s years of experience will ensure your child’s dental health is in the best possible hands. Her experience of working with children puts them at ease, and when coupled with her expertise in the latest pain-minimizing techniques, Dr Sofia is the perfect choice for children’s dental work.