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Looking After Your Child’s Teeth from the Very Start

Tips for Looking After Your Child's Teeth | Dental Excel BlogMany parents find it difficult to judge when and how you should begin looking after your child’s teeth. It is never too early to start teaching your child how to look after their teeth and gums, and helping them to understand the importance of a healthy mouth and smile.

According to US dental professionals, even before the teeth appear, parents should be paying attention to the soft tissues of a baby’s mouth, and suggest that a soft, clean cloth could be run gently over those tiny gums to remove bacteria and avoid damage to the equally tiny teeth behind them.

When do the first baby teeth appear, and what should we do when they arrive?

Generally speaking, the front teeth appear first – two on the top and two at the bottom – at any time around six months of age. The rest of the baby teeth will gradually appear after that, until the age of around 2 and a half, when all 20 first teeth should be visible.

Very young children often suffer with teething problems as the first teeth break through the gums, resulting in symptoms such as (but not always):

  • Red cheeks
  • Swollen, painful gums
  • Raised temperature
  • Dribbling
  • Difficulty sleeping

Teething troubles can be eased with cooled teething rings that are widely available at pharmacies across Australia, or by gently massaging the child’s gums.

Brushing should begin as soon as the first tooth appears, with a soft, baby toothbrush and water. Baby toothbrushes are specially designed to be extra soft.

Opinions differ, however, on the use of toothpaste. Some dental professionals are against the use of toothpaste before the age of two, but others recommend a tiny amount of specially-formulated baby toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Everyone agrees that swallowing toothpaste should be avoided!

Speak to your own dentist about looking after your child’s teeth, and take your child to the dentist with you. Starting this regular routine early is the key to making sure your child gets off to the right start with dental hygiene.

Why it is important to establish a good routine early for your child’s teeth and gums

The baby teeth are the first teeth your child has, and they form a basis for the second, permanent teeth, which will begin to arrive around the age of six. Although the first teeth will fall out, they still need to be meticulously cleaned and looked after professionally to ensure a healthy set of permanent teeth will follow.

Getting everyone involved in looking after your child’s teeth

Getting young children involved in looking after their teeth and gums is crucial if they are to get on the right road to a healthy smile in later life. It is not always easy to persuade young children to do this, but there are a few tricks you can have up your sleeve to help establish a fun, regular routine, such as:

  • Find dental hygiene books and online videos developed especially for kids
  • Encourage your child to select their own toothbrush, or choose one in their favourite colour – remember that children’s toothbrushes are specially developed for tiny mouths, so ensure you pick a dedicated baby toothbrush
  • Encourage a daily routine of morning brushing after breakfast, and evening brushing before bedtime
  • Play a fun or favourite song for two minutes to encourage brushing over a period of time
  • Avoid sugary drinks or treats. This is the perfect time to introduce healthy snacks for children that won’t harm their teeth. (have a look at our recent blog post here for some ideas).
  • Offer a reward for good dental hygiene
  • Do something fun after a dentist appointment

Parents of young children want to make sure cavities are avoided, and looking after your child’s teeth right from the start can give them the perfect grounding for a healthy mouth and smile.

Dental Excel dentists take a fun, holistic approach to children’s dental care, and nothing pleases us more than to teach our young visitors how to look after their teeth and gums. Come and see us with your children, meet our special teddy that helps look after them while they are here, and start your child on the right path to a happy, healthy smile that they can keep for life with Dental Excel.

Do You Want a Whiter Smile? – Teeth Whitening Treatments

Teeth Whitening Treatments at Dental Excel | Cosmetic DentistryTeeth whitening treatments are amongst the most popular cosmetic dental procedures available today all around the world. Having a healthy-looking, bright white smile is near the top of the wish list for many people, and the latest treatments can bring about a remarkable physical transformation – fast and it won’t cost the Earth.

A person’s smile is the first impression they give to people they meet for the first time. Staining or discolouration of the teeth often takes away the intention to smile, or will inhibit the production of a natural broad smile or laugh. People who are conscious of their poor smile will likely hide their mouth behind their hand, supress a smile or turn away.

Having a healthy, white smile can provide a great boost to your confidence, and can make an impression on those around you.

What causes discoloured teeth?

Even if you adopt a regular dental care routine, there are still many factors that can lead to discolouration or staining of the teeth, most commonly:

  • Drinking red wine
  • Drinking tea and coffee
  • Foods with excess artificial colouring
  • Smoking
  • Illness
  • Medication

Boosting confidence and more with a whiter smile

Just knowing that your teeth look healthy, without stains or yellowing, can make a difference to your confidence immediately.

A recent study was conducted by Oral-B with 2,000 people participating. Amongst the most interesting responses were:

  • Whiter teeth can reduce your age appearance by up to five years
  • A whiter smile can make you 20% more attractive
  • White teeth can increase your chances of success in a job interview
  • Whiter smiles in the office can lead to better opportunities and pay

Although having a whiter smile won’t guarantee that you will get that job that you went for, find the partner or get you a pay rise, the increased confidence you feel after teeth whitening treatments always projects to those around you.

What is involved in professional teeth whitening treatments?

The practice of professional teeth whitening treatments by dentists is growing in popularity all over the world, for all kinds of reasons.

Here at Dental Excel, our teeth whitening service is a firm client favourite, and is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures we offer. Our treatments have been tried and tested, and are safe for your teeth and soft tissues of the mouth.

Following your consultation at one of our five locations, Dental Excel will make sure you are an ideal candidate for teeth whitening, and will advise you depending on your current dental health, and level of discolouration or staining.

Our experienced teeth whitening teams will make you comfortable in one of our dedicated patient lounges, and offer Zoom! teeth whitening system, which is our go-to solution, providing beautiful results within an hour. A UV light is applied during the treatment, and re-application of the gentle whitening gel can occur every 15 minutes or so, depending upon the level of treatment, as pre-determined by your Dental Excel dentist.

We can also help you to attain and maintain a whiter smile at home with our tray kits – ask us for more information.

Give us a call, or pop in to one of our Dental Excel locations in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast to find out more about our teeth whitening solutions.

Straight Teeth with Dental Braces | Dental Excel Blog

Straight Teeth Fast with the Latest Dental Braces

Straight Teeth with Dental Braces | Dental Excel BlogNot everyone is born with straight teeth and a good smile, but that is not to say that everyone cannot have them!

Although mostly worn by children and young adults, dental braces can provide the solution to crooked teeth and other issues for all ages, particularly today, with a variety of incredible, modern dental braces that need only be worn for a matter of weeks to deliver great results.

What types of problems can be fixed with dental braces?

There are a range of dental issues that can be addressed simply by wearing dental braces on your teeth for a relatively short period of time, with no surgical intervention:

Crowding of the teeth – teeth crowding is a common problem that can affect both the upper and lower teeth. Crowding can also lead to gum recession over time if not treated effectively, and can make brushing between the teeth difficult.

Spacing – many of us experience irregular spacing of our teeth with varying severity. Other issues that can arise as a direct result of spacing issues include posterior and anterior crossbite, which can lead to discomfort when eating, and can wear the teeth unevenly as we get older.

Bite issues – under, and overbite is also fairly common, and although most adults will suffer no immediate ill-effects from an uneven bite, it is an issue that can worsen as we age, causing problems with eating and uneven wear.

It is not uncommon to find patients that suffer from several of these issues simultaneously, with varying degrees of severity. Spacing and overbite, for example, can lead to gum problems and trouble eating as we get older.

Addressing these issues for a few weeks with a dental braces product can produce excellent results, deliver a comfortable, healthier mouth and a straighter smile for almost every patient.

Let’s take a look at some of the dental braces available at Dental Excel, Brisbane

Fastbraces

Fastbraces are a part of the next generation of dental braces, and, as the name suggests, they work quickly to help our patients with their smiles. As time is often at a premium for our patients, Fastbraces can deliver results within just 120 days, dependent upon the severity of the issue.

Designed, manufactured and tested in the US for more than two decades, Fastbraces are a popular, proven product for both patients and dental professionals as a non-surgical alternative to beautiful, straight teeth.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner offers a removable, stand-alone treatment for periodontal issues, and can also be worn prior to cosmetic dentistry procedures to realign the teeth in preparation for dental veneers or bonding practices.

As the Inman Aligner works with tiny springs to gently guide the teeth into position, it works quickly over a wide range of movement, and can be predictably effective within 6-18 weeks with regular dental check-ups to monitor progress.

More about orthodontics in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast at Dental Excel.

At Dental Excel, you can be confident in our experienced, friendly team, who are dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful, straight smile, and keep it for as long as possible.

Call us today to make your consultation appointment, and start your journey to a healthier, straighter smile with dental braces.



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