Our top tips to get your kids to take care of their teeth.

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Good oral hygiene starts as soon as you have teeth. But it can be tough to convince your 3-year-old that it’s time to turn off the cartoons and brush.

But oral hygiene is crucial for our kids. One in three Aussie kids are not brushing their teeth twice a day – which leaves them at risk of poor oral hygiene and dental related issues as they get older.

Here are a few simple tips to help get your kids brushing and create positive habits that hopefully last a lifetime.

Let your Kids Choose their Own Toothbrush

Kids want a little bit of control, and if you can let them have control over some aspects in life, it’s proven they’re more willing to engage in those activities.

Let your kids pick out their own toothbrush. Make it a fun activity that you do together. There are plenty of colours and fun designs these days.

You can also let them choose the kind of toothpaste they want to use. It stops them from having to use a toothpaste they don’t like the texture or taste of and places them in control of the dental hygiene process.

Brush Your Teeth Together (and make it fun)

Make this part of the day you spend together. Brush your teeth at the same time as your kids to show them that everyone brushes their teeth – it’s not a punishment. It’s a necessity.

Don’t stare boringly into the mirror, though. Add some fun.

Here are a couple suggestions :

  • Have your child copy you – turn it into a fun game
  • Hum a tune or dance to show that it doesn’t have to be so boring.

Playing a game together in the bathroom shows them that not only does everybody brush their teeth, but it doesn’t have to be a boring chore.

Plus, if you can find a way to distract them from the monotony of hygiene, then they’ll forget about the time lost and will be more likely to do it on their own.

Remember, kids should be supervised while brushing their teeth until they’re around eight years old.

Create a Rewards System

Rewards are excellent motivators for reinforcing good behavior. You’re also more likely to get the job done without tears if there’s something fun at the end.

Create a rewards chart. Keep track of the number of days they brush their teeth without complaining or having a meltdown. Let them see you add a sticker to their chart when they’ve done well!  OR let them choose and add the sticker to their own chart for an extra reward.

As they get older,  perhaps let them choose their own reward to work towards.

Little tots often need instant rewards. Offer another bedtime story as a reward for their good behavior.

Set up a Routine

Keep brushing teeth on a morning and evening schedule so kids know when to expect it. Such as straight after brekky, or right before bed.

By having them brush every day at the same time, they’ll know that there’s a dedicated time to brush and they shouldn’t expect to be doing anything else at the time.

It Takes a Team

It really does take a team to keep teeth healthy. Visit us at at Jannali Dental Care at least once a year and we can talk to you about how often your child should visit the dentist.

And remember, the Australian Government covers the dental costs of some children through Medicare. You can check whether your child is eligible on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule website or give us a 📞 call on 9528 9204 so we can help you.

Start those good habits early and your kids will thank you later!  I promise. 👏

Root Canal – answers to your top 5 questions!

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Have you been told you need a root canal? It’s okay!  There’s no reason to freak out because root canal therapy is not as scary as you might think.🤔

In fact, root canal therapy often gets an undeserved bad wrap but the reality is that it may be your best defence to save your tooth.

At Jannali Dental Care we’re going to take away the mystery of this procedure.

Here are the answers to the top 5 root canal questions we often get from our patients.

 

 

Root canal therapy – what is it?

 

Root canal therapy is needed when a tooth becomes severely damaged by decay or injury. This leads to an infection inside your tooth, which damages the pulp.

The signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal include:

·       severe tooth pain (which might be caused by an abscess)

·       sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures

·       swelling gums

·       an infected tooth gets dark.

The purpose of a root canal is to SAVE your natural tooth. 😄

During the procedure, we will safely remove the infected pulp and clean out the damaged nerve tissue and then we seal it against future pain with a temporary filling to keep food and other contaminants out of the tooth until the next appointment.

At the second appointment, we will fill the interior of the tooth with a sealer paste and a filling is placed in the hole in the enamel.

After a root canal, the tooth is weaker.  To keep it from breaking, we will place a crown, or another restoration on the tooth to protect it.  A root canal and crown is usually 2-3 appointments in total, and they are highly successful.👍

My tooth doesn’t hurt. Why do I need a root canal?

 

Just because you’re not experiencing pain doesn’t mean your tooth isn’t severely infected. A root canal could still be necessary to save your tooth and to keep your smile healthy.

It’s important to take care of the problem before it gets worse. The longer you delay treatment, the more opportunity there is for infection to infiltrate your bloodstream and harm your body.  And your oral health is directly connected to your overall wellness.

If not treated properly, you increase your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and some other nasties.😧

Sometimes a root canal may be needed because:

·       your tooth is cracked (sometime this crack is so fine you can’t see it or feel it)

·       your tooth is broken

·       you’ve had repeated dental procedures on the same tooth

·       you’ve had a severe tooth injury.

 Is a root canal painful?

 

Hearing the words “root canal” may make you cringe because of the stigma attached to the procedure and the pain associated with it.   Well, here’s the thing, in 2019 that is simply not the case any more! 😄

Technology has advanced so much and these days you’ll hardly feel it. It feels much the same as getting a filling – and patients are often surprised at how little discomfort there is!

Our team at Jannali Dental Care will make sure you’re comfortable the entire time. If you need an extra boost, we can always offer you some sedation, and you won’t feel a thing!

How will I feel after a root canal?

 

Your tooth may feel a little sensitive after the procedure, but you’ll finally be out of pain caused by the damaged tooth!  If you do experience any soreness or sensitivity, you can take over-the-counter pain relief like panadol.  Easy peasy.

Your mouth will likely feel numb for 2-3 hours from the anesthetic but you can return to work immediately if you wish. You might feel you need to chew your meals on the other side of your mouth for a bit, at least until the anesthetic wears off, but that is about the extent of the inconvenience.

Are there other alternatives to root canal therapy?

 

Unfortunately the only alternative to root canal is extracting the tooth.😨

If you choose this option, there are other solutions to replace your infected tooth. A bridge or dental implant can be a good solution to restore the functionality and beauty of your smile.

So if you come to us at Jannali Dental Care in pain – and we suggest a root canal – don’t be afraid.  It really may be the best thing for you AND your tooth.

If you are suffering from any tooth pain give us a call on 📞 (02)  9528 9204 to make an appointment. Or if you’d rather not ring, feel free to email us at info@jannalidentalcare.com.au OR click HERE to leave us a message and we will call you back.

There is no need for you to go on suffering with any sort of mouth discomfort at any time.  And let’s get it fixed nice and early before it becomes a bigger issue!  Our Sutherland Shire Dental practice is here to help you!