Once your child is comfortable with the dentist, we begin performing periodic check-ups. At the check-ups we examine your child’s teeth to see how healthy they are and we count the teeth. Our specialist team also gives advice and tips on brushing teeth and explains the influence of sweets and fizzy drinks on teeth. It all happens in a playful way and in language that the child can understand.
At the six-month check-ups, the dentist checks whether there are any cavities in the child’s teeth. If he finds a cavity, he explains this to your child and also takes the time to explain how a cavity is filled. In this way we would like to prevent your child becoming afraid of treatment. After the explanation, the dentist starts work and explains everything that is going to happen.
We strengthen your child’s teeth with fluoride. This is the advice we give on brushing with fluoride-containing children’s toothpaste:
- 0-1 years of age: once a day
- 2-4 years of age: twice a day
- 5+ years of age: twice a day with adult fluoride-containing toothpaste
The chance of a cavity forming is greatest at the moment that a molar has completely erupted. These new molars have deep grooves in which food residues and bacteria remain. Since teeth brushing is not enough to protect the molars, we apply a sealing layer. This thin layer of artificial resin or fluoride-containing cement forms a shell on the molars.
Our dentist easily corrects crooked or protruding teeth with braces. This is only possible once all the milk teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth. We fit both fixed and removable braces. The type of braces that we pick for your child depends on the teeth and on your own wishes.
Transition from milk teeth to permanent teeth
The first permanent molars come through in your child’s mouth around the age of 5. Your child will not notice it, because they erupt behind the last molars in the set of milk teeth. For the rest of the teeth, a milk tooth must fall out before a permanent tooth can come through. All the milk teeth will have been replaced by permanent teeth around the age of 13.