When it comes to dental hygiene and oral health, the quicker you can instil good habits into your little ones, the better their chances of having great teeth in the future are going to be.

Here at Smith Street Dental Practice, we are passionate about preserving the oral health of the future generations.

The hard work starts at home, so here are some great tips for the upkeep of your child’s oral care, straight from the mouth of one of Darwin’s most experienced dentists!

  1. Babies are generally encouraged to visit the dentist for the first time within 6 months of their first tooth erupting or around 12 months of age.
  2. Always use a soft “Baby” toothbrush with a small head. Toothpaste is discouraged until approximately 18 months of age; it is sufficient to brush with water only.
  3. For Children over 2 years of age, brush twice daily with a pea sized amount of a fluoridated toothpaste. Encourage children to spit out after brushing and store toothpaste out of the reach of children. Try to make brushing a fun experience!
  4. Eat a well-balanced diet to help your child develop strong, decay resistant teeth. Try to avoid sugary and acidic foods and beverages. It takes saliva approximately 30 minutes to neutralize the acid which is produced by eating sugary foods and drinks, so having a sugary snack or drink every hour means your child’s mouth is always vulnerable to decay.
  5. Do your best to keep regular appointments with your dentist. This lets your child get to know their dentist and gives you and your dentist a chance to talk about your child’s dental needs and plan your child’s dental care. Children are prone to accidents and at Smith Street Dental Practice we are all too familiar with trauma to children’s teeth. If a rapport is already established it makes treatment at these demanding times all the more relaxed.
  6. Many toddlers still love their dummies and pacifiers. Around 2 years of age is a good time to encourage your child to give up this habit. Thumb Sucking is a natural reflex for babies but most children will grow out of this habit between 2-4 years. If your child is struggling to break their habit, speak to your friendly dentist at Smith Street Dental and get some tips and advice.
  7. Enquire with your dentist about “Fissure Sealants”. Sealants are a special coating which goes over the grooves and pits of the molar teeth (back teeth). It helps to protect against cavities on the biting surfaces of these teeth. Each of our skilled dental team will be able to help you out with this.


Hopefully these tips will help to keep your child’s mouth and teeth in great condition, but we all know that problems can happen even the best circumstances, so if that is the case, please don’t hesitate to Get in touch with us to make an appointment at Smith Street Dental Practice!

We are happy to help!

Dr Sinead Ruane – Dentist – Smith Street Dental Practice.

Dr Sinead Ruane graduated, with honours from University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2002. Thereafter she took on the role of House Officer at Dublin Dental Hospital, during which time she successfully completed her membership exams for the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland.


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