What is a Children's Dentist?
The team at Ellen Stirling Dental is here to help. Our children’s dentists provide oral health care to children in all stages of development. As we see your children periodically, we can identify problems such as decayed teeth, tooth grinding, enlarged tonsils or bleeding gums and make arrangements to address these problems before they become more serious conditions.
Benefits of Visiting a
Ellen Stirling Dental
as Your Children’s Ellenbrook Dentist
In addition, we proudly participate in the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule, which helps ease the cost of dental care treatments for your little ones. Eligible children can claim up to $1000 for dental care treatments every two years. If you’re looking for a child-friendly practice in Ellenbrook, look no further than Ellen Stirling Dental!
FAQ'S About Children's Dentistry
We provide a full range of high-quality services to children, including dental cleans, restorations (fillings), tooth extractions, orthodontic options, and ongoing maintenance.
One of the most frequent chronic dental disorders in children is cavities (also known as caries or tooth decay). Untreated cavities can cause discomfort and infection, making eating, speaking, playing, and learning difficult. Children with poor oral health are more likely to miss school and obtain lower marks than those who do not.
Oral health should be prioritised, starting with the first baby tooth that emerges in your baby’s mouth. Even though baby teeth will fall out in a few years, they create space for your child’s permanent teeth, and your child’s mouth must be healthy when those permanent teeth arrive. Even infant teeth can decay and develop various issues if not properly cared for, like painful teeth and gums, difficulty in eating and sleeping, embarrassment when speaking and smiling, and gum disease and inflammation.
Other potential problems include mouth ulcers, gum disease, tooth grinding, misaligned teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, and broken or knocked-out teeth.
It is recommended that children see an orthodontist by the age of seven, when their adult teeth begin to emerge. Any alignment difficulties should be visible at this point, and the orthodontist can arrange future treatment–even if it won’t start for another few years. Early detection of the need for braces allows your child to receive the most effective orthodontic treatment. Some signs to look for include:
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Open bite (upper and lower teeth that don’t make contact when the mouth is closed)
- Thumb sucking or using pacifiers past six years old
- Crooked teeth
- Biting their cheeks
Your child’s first dental visit should occur within six months of the first tooth eruption or about one year of age. We recommend scheduling dental appointments every six months for children and teenagers. Depending on the state of your child’s dental health, the dentist will recommend how often they should visit.