Signs that your child should visit the dentist

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Have your child’s little teeth come through?

Here at Perfect Teeth in Cairns, we recommend having your child come in for their first appointment around their first birthday or by the time they get their first tooth! This way we can track your child’s tooth development from the beginning.

Why so early?

Well as your child’s teeth grow and develop so too will their bite and tooth alignment. You may not know but baby teeth are not just for chewing and speaking purposes. Baby teeth act as space-holders so when the adult teeth break through, they take the place of the baby teeth.

What we can find out from your child’s teeth

There is a range of different conditions we can prevent and resolve by assessing your child’s smile at a young age.

By opting for early check-ups we can:

  • Assess early signs of teeth grinding habits
  • Track teeth alignment and jaw alignment
  • Provide engaging dental education
  • Follow tooth development
  • Detect decay and cavities

Did you know that tooth decay is the most chronic disease among children?

Tooth decay isn’t something that just happens to all children. When a child’s baby teeth become decayed and fall out early, the adult teeth no longer have their place-keeper to direct them. This can cause the teeth to develop misaligned and can lead to the need for costly orthodontic treatment down the track.

Other conditions a dentist can gauge from early check-ups

Does your child have any of the following difficulties?

  • Night grinding or habitual grinding

Pay attention next time your child throws a tantrum and see if they clench together their teeth. Habitual grinding could be brought on by anger or stress and if it is a night time habit, it can cause severe damage to the biting surface of your child’s smile.

Where strong pressure is added, the teeth can become traumatised around the root and may cause the teeth to come loose or fall out prematurely.

In cases where grinding is an obvious habit, it would be well advised to book in an appointment with one of our team members here at Perfect Teeth because habits such as these can evolve into lifelong problems if not recognised early.

  • Trouble with chewing or speaking

If you notice a meal times your child is having trouble chewing food properly, it could be due to a jaw malocclusion condition. This is where the upper and lower jaw is not lining up properly. Problems like these can also be the cause of speech difficulty and even the cause of headaches.

  • Mouth breathing habits

Mouth breathing can develop for a handful of different reasons.

Most commonly, mouth breathing is a reaction because of:

    • Allergies
    • Nasal congestion
    • Respiratory infection
    • Thumb sucking
    • Large tonsils

Where the body is unable to breathe through the nose, it defaults to mouth breathing which can alter the tongues functionality creating a tongue thrust. This kind of condition can affect your child’s ability to communicate, swallow, breath and chew.

  • Regular snoring

When you take a look at your little one sleeping, you might even find it cute hearing them gently snore. Unfortunately snoring can be an exceptionally dangerous condition for both children and adults.

Sleep apnoea is a condition where a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. This means that your child could actually have stopped breathing multiple times during sleep and may be suffering from oxygen deficiency to the brain.

It’s never too late to organise an appointment

The oral health of your family is important to our practice. Here at Perfect Teeth, we will work with you and your child to ensuring you have all the right advice and treatment information necessary to build a future for your child’s oral health.

Click here to book an appointment today with our team at our Redlynch or Cairns practice today.

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