Why under 18’s are seen by an Oral Health Therapist?
At Coral Coast Dental we employ Oral Health Therapists who have completed studies at University that specialise in Hygiene and Therapy (Children’s Dentistry). They have studied the following to provide you and your family with the best dental treatment. They provide you with services related to prevention of tooth and gum disease for you and your child.
Hygiene (also known as Preventive Care):
- Professional cleans
- Applying reminerilising agent
- Educate and motivate you to maintain good oral health
- Use of preventive, educational and therapeutic methods for controlling oral disease
- Oral health advice for all ages.
- Periodontal management
- Tooth Whitening
- Prepare and restore cavities in teeth with white composite restorations
- Extract deciduous (baby) teeth under local anaesthetic, provide space maintainers as required
- Conduct dental examinations and diagnose problems up 18 years of age
- Take radiographs of teeth and jaw
- Fissure sealants to prevent tooth decay
- Provide Mouthguards for tooth protection during contact sports
- Organise General Anaesthetic for difficult cases
- Pulpotomies and stainless steel crowns
Your child’s first visit to the Dentist should be when they have all their baby teeth eg. 2 years onward or earlier if you have any concerns. The earlier you take your child to the dentist, the better the chance of preventing dental problems and phobias in future for your child. If your child does have a cavity the longer you leave it the bigger and deeper it becomes. This will give your child pain and can lead to an abscess which may make your child scared of having the tooth treated.
Oral Health Therapists can spend time with you and your child to overcome “Dental Phobia”.
Dental phobias may be of:
- Local injections (needle)
- Drilling teeth
- People telling you it will hurt
- Noises and smells
Ways to eliminate Dental Phobia’s can be:
- Be positive about going to the dentist
- Do not talk about being afraid or about pain
- Establish a habit to see the Dental Professional regularly every 6months and bring your child along to get use to the environment
- Think about which time of the day might work better for your child eg, early in the morning might work better than the afternoon when your child may be tired.
- Use of numbing gel before receiving local anaesthetic
- Ask the Dental Professional if you can look and touch the equipment. Ask if the Dental Professional can show you how the drill and other equipment works.
Some distractions whilst having treatment may be:
- Bringing in an MP3 player or iPod and listen to your favourite music
- Bring a soft plush toy (teddy bear) or blanket to make you feel more comfortable
- Watching TV or bring in a DVD your child likes to watch