Paediatric Dentistry in Avondale, Auckland
The team at Avondale Dental Centre loves looking after kids and helping them develop an interest in their oral health. We are so passionate about this that our team goes out into the local community to talk and interact with kids about the importance of caring for their teeth.
We also provide educational presentations and demonstrations for primary school children on brushing and flossing habits.
Early Childhood Dentistry
Children’s dentistry is important for so many reasons. Your child’s first teeth need to be carefully protected, and this is the main reason why it is never too early for them to experience coming to the dentist.
Usually, children will be ready for their first check-up between 2 and 3 years of age, but bringing kids in for your appointment or even the appointments of older siblings will help familiarise them with the dental environment. This will help them be more relaxed when it is their turn, and they are less likely to grow up with anxiety about going to the dentist.
Another added benefit of getting started early is that we can identify and possibly resolve problems that might otherwise not be recognised until later years, making them more costly to treat.
Why Baby (Primary) Teeth Are Important
Primary teeth, also called baby teeth, may seem disposable. After all, they are going to fall out anyway, right? In fact, keeping baby teeth free from decay and extraction is essential to the development of your child’s adult smile.
Primary teeth play an important role in development by developing the blueprint for permanent teeth and maintaining adequate space.
Eating a healthy diet is also essential to your child’s health, and painful or missing teeth make it a challenge to eat a varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
We offer treatment to children of all ages, including check-up and cleans, fissure sealants to prevent decay, restorations to fill cavities, mouth guards, children and teenage orthodontics and dental x-rays. If you feel your child may need extra comfort or relaxation during their appointment, 'happy gas' is available.
We are happy to discuss and offer any assistance with your child’s individual needs.
Early Childhood Orthodontics
Modern dentistry has a greater understanding of how the teeth and jaw function together. Palatal expanders and space maintainers can eliminate the need for orthodontic extractions in the future.
Early orthodontics is designed to address developmental and growth problems that arise when inadequate space in the upper or lower jaw prevents teeth from proper alignment. It may also reduce the treatment time necessary in the future as your child becomes a teen or young adult.
We Welcome Kids of All Ages
From your toddler to your adult university student, our dentists, Dr Najar, Dr Crum and Dr Nekrutenk, will comfort your child and treat them with same gentle care we want for our own children.