Paediatric Dentistry in Pascoe Vale
Paediatric Dentistry for a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles
Starting your child’s dental care early has many advantages. We welcome children from their very first dental appointment to help familiarise them with the dental clinic atmosphere and determine if their development is occurring normally.
We enthusiastically welcome your children to our Pascoe Vale dental clinic, where we hope to help them develop positive oral habits that last a lifetime.
Preventive Paediatric Dentistry
As your child develops, we will integrate preventive dental treatments to keep their teeth and gums healthy:
Education and Ongoing Dental Care
Each child has individual needs, and we will base their dentistry on what they need most to maintain a healthy smile. We believe in interactive education because it involves your child in their own oral health and satisfies their natural curiosity and desire to participate.
If they require dental treatment such as fillings, crowns or extractions, we do so with their comfort in mind. We even have televisions mounted on the ceilings in each of our rooms so they can enjoy a favourite show as a distraction during treatment.
While it is common for teens to wear braces, opting for an early childhood orthodontic evaluation can allow us to identify developmental conditions that may benefit from interceptive orthodontics such as space maintainers and early childhood braces.
We typically recommend an orthodontic evaluation by age seven when we can begin the first phase of orthodontic treatment. This may minimise the need for lengthy orthodontic treatment in the future and eliminate the need for extractions due to malocclusion (poor bite alignment) in the future.
We provide early childhood orthodontic evaluations as part of our comprehensive approach to paediatric dentistry.
Childhood Bruxism, Sleep Apnoea and Snoring
We evaluate each child for sleep disorders including sleep apnoea, bruxism and snoring as part of the comprehensive care we provide. By identifying sleep disorders, in collaboration sleep specialists in the medical field, we help our youngest patients have a great start for a healthy future.
While occasional snoring in children is normal, such as during a cold or after an especially active day, chronic snoring four or more nights a week can indicate a serious condition called obstructive sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea can affect both children and adults alike, but it is often overlooked in children.
Interrupted breathing during sleep can reduce oxygen levels dramatically and cause a host of serious health complications, such:
- Reduced attention
- Social problems
- Anxiety or depression
- Cognitive dysfunctions
- Difficultly with problem solving
- Memory issues
- False diagnosis of ADHD
- Problems processing speech
Fortunately, treating sleep apnoea using the proper recommendations can restore normal brain function and minimise or eliminate symptoms associated with OSA. For more information regarding current studies follow this link.
Contact Us to Arrange Your Child’s Dental Appointment
As with adults, our approach with children is to create a positive dental experience that supports a healthy smile. Our entire team looks forward to welcoming you and your family to Lumino Smiles located in Pascoe Vale. Contact our Pascoe Vale office to schedule your child's appointment.