At Smile Hawthorn, we want children to have a positive and fun experience at the dentist.
We aim to provide kids and parents with tools they can use at home to help keep their teeth healthy and bright.
We hope that through this process, kids develop great dental care habits that they can pass on to future generations and reduce their dental burden.
Infants are born with almost all their baby teeth formed. The average age for baby teeth to start to come through is about 6 months. It is recommended that a child's first dental visit should be soon after their first teeth erupt.
Children generally have all their baby teeth by the age of 2.
Adult teeth start erupting in a child's mouth at around the age of 6, usually the 1st adult molars and the lower central incisors.
By 12 years, most children have all their adult teeth with the exception of wisdom teeth that usually erupt between 16-25 years of age.
The first visit for a child at Smile Hawthorn usually involves a ride in the chair and a demonstration of the items that may be used for a visual examination to check the presence or absence of teeth as well as the health of the gums.
It is usually a laid back experience to allow the child and parent to acclimatise themselves to the environment.
Along with this visual examination, Dr. Andrew will address any concerns as well as affirm and encourage good habits already in use.
At about 5-6 years of age, radiographs (x-rays) are sometimes taken to check for the presence of decay (cavities) in-between teeth where the dentist cannot see.
These x-rays can also reveal any missing teeth or other issues that are not visible in the mouth.
Quite often an assessment is also made regarding crowding, spacing, irregular bites and subsequently, the need for orthodontic care.
Child Dental Benefit Scheme
The information contained on this website is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek advice from a dental professional.
Smile Hawthorn is a modern family dental and orthodontic practice that provides comprehensive dental and specialist orthodontic services to the community.
560 Glenferrie Road,Hawthorn, VIC 3122
03 9939 8006