Specializing in Dentistry & Orthodontics for Infants, Children, & Teenagers
Garners Dental Care firmly believes that every child deserves a great smile. That’s why we are pleased to have Dr Santosh Bassi, who specialises in Paediatric Dentistry, leading our team of friendly and highly motivated professional dentists in the practice of children’s dentistry.
Dr Bassi is a mother of 4 children and is a compassionate, gentle paediatric dentist who was for over 20 years a senior Paediatric dentist at the Sydney Dental Hospital. She has helped thousands of children and worked on many very difficult cases.
From the time your child grows their first tooth until they graduate from high school – our professional staff will help care for and protect your child’s smile.
And because children are so different from adults, we take a unique approach to every patient. Our team provide paediatric dental solutions and education that’s tailored to each child. In addition to oral examinations and cleanings, we offer a full range of services including:
- General dentistry
- Preventive care,
- Orthodontics, including Invisalign® First for children and Invisalign® for Teens.
- We also diagnose and correct tongue-ties.
We’ll help ensure each visit your child makes to the dentist is a great experience. We aim for painless and worry-free visits so we offer painless injections and sedation options as well.
Dr. Bassi and the team work closely with parents and each child to ensure positive dental experiences that lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Why is Children’s Oral Health Important?
Cavities (also known as caries or tooth decay) are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood in Australia.
Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.
Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t. About 1 out of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.
1 out of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12 to 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.
The good news is that cavities are preventable. Fluoride varnish can prevent about one-third (33%) of cavities in the primary (baby) teeth. Children living in cities with fluoridated tap water have fewer cavities than children whose water is not fluoridated. Similarly, children who brush daily with fluoride toothpaste will have fewer cavities.
Dental sealants can also prevent cavities for many years. Applying dental sealants to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth prevent 80% of cavities.
Tips for What Parents and Care givers Can Do For Babies
Wipe gums twice a day with a soft, clean cloth in the morning, after the first feeding and right, before bed. to wipe away bacteria and sugars that can cause cavities.
When teeth come in, start brushing twice a day with a soft, small‑bristled toothbrush and plain water.
Visit the dentist by your baby’s first birthday to spot signs of problems early.
Talk to your dentist or doctor about putting fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears.
For children younger than 2, consult first with your doctor or dentist regarding the use of fluoride toothpaste.
Ask your child’s dentist to apply dental sealants when appropriate.
If your child is younger than 6, watch them brush.
Make sure they use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and always spit it out rather than swallow. Help your child brush until they have good brushing skills.
Good Dental Health Is Important for Pregnant Women
When you’re pregnant, you may be more prone to gum disease and cavities, which can affect your baby’s health. Follow these 3 steps to protect your teeth:
See a dentist (its safe!) before you deliver
Brush twice a day
If you have nausea, rinse your mouth with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water after you get sick. This helps wash stomach acid away and keep your tooth enamel safe.
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