You may be thinking, are dental appointments really that important for my child? The answer is yes and here are five reasons why:
1. Teeth are important for speaking, chewing and holding space in the jaw for children’s adult teeth
2. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic illnesses amongst young children and can affect their development and well-being
3. Poor oral health in childhood can increase the chance of major dental problems later in life
4. Regular dental check-ups help your child develop good oral hygiene habits
5. Early check-ups prevent tooth decay and pain
Still not convinced?
At our last Dental Outreach Day, out of the 28 children who received a dental health check-up, 4 were referred on for serious dental work after discovering dental health issues that would mean they need teeth removed or without treatment would have implications to their overall health.
2 of the 4 children were found with tooth abscesses, an infection in the soft inner part of the tooth due to exposure to bacteria. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the jaw, ear, neck and in some cases the infection can spread to the brain.
1 child had a fractured tooth with nerve exposure which can cause an abscess and severe dental pain.
1 child had trauma on their baby tooth that can cause complications to the adult tooth developing underneath.
Children should have their first dental check up by the time they turn 1 or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing and should have regular check up’s at least every 12 months. This is important so that any dental issues can be identified early and treated to prevent further damage and complications later in life.
Has your child had their dental health check?
The NCNS Early childhood team will be once again partnering with The School Dentist for a Dental Outreach Clinic for Aboriginal Children 2 – 17 years old on Thursday 6th April 2020.
Book your child in for a FREE dental health check up by contacting Carolyn Gilbert, NCNS Early Childhood Team Leader on 02 4729 0442 or Carolyn.Gilbert@nepeancommunity.org.au
To get a copy of our Dental Outreach Flyer or see our Aboriginal Programs click here.