3 May · Leanne · No Comments

What to do about that wobbly, loose tooth?

  What to do about that pesky loose tooth.   Wobbly baby teeth are one of the important developmental milestones for any child and parent. It can be an exciting time to look forward to, with the arrival of the big adult teeth, but can also spark anxiety and discomfort. This will usually start around …

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3 May · Leanne · No Comments

What are 6 Year Old Molars and how to help during their eruption?

What are the 6 year old molars? The first adult molar erupts between 6-7 years of age, commonly termed the “6 year old molar” or “first molars” and they represent new growth, meaning they don’t replace any baby teeth.  These first molars help to determine the shape of the lower face and affect the position …

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3 May · Leanne · No Comments

What are SHARK TEETH and should I be worried?

What are SHARK TEETH?   SHARK TEETH is a term used to describe the situation when the permanent adult teeth are coming up behind the baby teeth before they have fallen out, resulting in two rows of teeth. This usually occurs between the ages of 5-7 years old. Commonly seen on the lower incisors (bottom front …

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3 May · Leanne · No Comments

What are Fissure Sealants and why should my child have them?

Some great information about Fissure Sealants from one of our wonderful Oral Health Therapist – Chandra Setiawan. What they are and how they will help the health of your child’s teeth! When children are learning how to clean their teeth, there are often areas that get missed such as the back teeth (molars). The molars …

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16 Apr · Alli · No Comments

What is a Tongue Tie and Why do you look for this during a dental check up?

In our work we see a significant number of children with restricted tongues or “tongue ties”. A tongue tie limits the movement of the tongue so that the other muscles of the face have to adapt during speech and swallowing. Many children have a restricted tongue that is not picked up early as they have …

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14 Apr · Alli · No Comments

Is a Dummy bad for my child’s dental development?

A lot of parents ask us “Is giving my child a dummy bad for their dental development?”   Many of the kids we see can often do have issues with their teeth and jaws from sucking a dummy as an infant. The most common issue associated with dummy sucking is the development of an “anterior …

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12 Apr · Alli · No Comments

The Importance of a Clear Airway in Children

Many parents don’t realize that the way their child breathes impacts on their facial and dental development. Airway is very important.   Nasal breathing is best for optimal cranial growth and development. As humans, we are designed to nasal breath. The nose is a filtration system and is responsible for warming and humidifying the air …

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13 Feb · Kylie Kinkead · No Comments

Is it OK to put my baby to bed with a bottle?

We’re often asked by parents “Is it OK to put my baby to bed with a bottle?”   Whilst this can be calming to an overtired or distressed child, the bacteria in the mouth thrive on the sugar that is found in liquids such as milk, formula and juice.  Couple that with the decreased flow …

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12 Dec · Kylie Kinkead · No Comments

Don’t fail your teeth this festive season

This holiday season the team at Kiddies want to help you and your children maintain good dental health.  We know it’s a time filled with celebrations, parties and events with lots of tempting treats.   So how can we help you have a merry Christmas and start the New Year with a healthy, beautiful smile. …

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5 Dec · Kylie Kinkead · No Comments

Teeth Eruption & Shedding

We’ve all seen the signs of that first tooth appearing.  Rosy red cheeks, lots of dribbling, children being irritable, fists in the mouth and more.   For some babies this occurs around 6 months of age but it can start any time between 3 and 6 months.  There is generally a typical order each of …

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