Dental Care for Children
At Airport Dental we are conscious of setting Children off on the right path when it comes to looking after their teeth.
With small children of their own, our dentists Eoin and Marie know how difficult it can be in today’s world with all the different messages being promoted and all of the hidden sugars in everyday foods.
We strive to build children’s confidence from their first dental visit through to adulthood and give guidance to parents on how best to look after their Children’s teeth. To book your Childs appointment contact the practice today for an appointment.
Useful links for parents:
Symtoms of teething
During the first two years of life, the most common side effect of teething is drooling or dribbling. Though the response to tooth eruption is very varied, symptoms of teething may include
disturbed sleep, feeding irritability and swollen tender gums. Severe symptoms such as diarrhoea, fever and convulsions require medical attention and should not be attributed merely to teething.
Tips to help your teething baby
Rub your baby's gums. Use a clean finger to rub your baby's gums. The pressure can ease your baby's discomfort.
Keep it cool. A cold cloth, spoon or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby's gums. (Don't give your baby a frozen teething ring).
Try hard foods. Once your baby can eati solid foods, you can offer something edible to chew on — such as a peeled and chilled carrot.
Dry the drool. Excessive drooling is all part of teething. To prevent skin irritation, use a soft, dry, clean cloth handy to pat your baby's chin. You could also use a water-based cream or lotion to help.
Big Hugs Teething is a very sore for a little baby so a big hug will always help - a good excuse for extra cuddles!
Children's Dentistry FAQs
Q: What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
You should use a small baby toothbrush to gently brush over their teeth and gums. It's a good idea to introduce this good oral hygiene habbit from an early age so that babies begin to understand that brushing is part of their daily routine.
Q: When should I take my baby to the dentist for the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday. Give us a call if you would like some more advise.
Q: What type of toothpaste should we use?
If your child isn't able to spit the toothpaste out yet, a teeny tiny smudge of fluoridated toothpaste can be added to their toothbrush. Don't forget to brush their tongue too!
Q: My child plays sports, should they wear a mouthguard?
YES! Protecting your child's mouth is very important. A mouthguards can help cushion a blow to the face, reducing the risk of broken teeth and painful injuries to your child's lips, face, jaw or tongue.