We advise parents to start taking their children to the dentist for six-monthly check-ups from the age of 2 so that the dentist can examine the child’s teeth in a playful, relaxed fashion. We make a game of counting their teeth and, where necessary, we make a new appointment for treatment. Plenty of chatting and explaining prevents the child from becoming anxious.
If your child is already afraid of the dentist we have an extremely patient dentist in the practice who can help your child get over their fear.
All dental treatments and interventions by oral surgeons on patients under the age 18 (except for orthodontics, crowns and bridges) are 100% reimbursed by the basic health insurance.
Our rates are based on fixed government-regulated fees (UPT tariffs).
Maintenance of children’s teeth
For good oral hygiene in babies it’s important to brush their teeth once a day as soon as they cut through the gums. This is best carried out in the evening with a small amount of toddler’s toothpaste.
When your children reach the age of 2 you should brush their teeth twice a day. This ought to be done after breakfast and before bed, again using a toddler’s toothpaste. You should use a small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a pea) as children under the age of 3 are generally not capable of rinsing and spitting out properly.
Be aware: too much fluoride can damage your child’s teeth and cause white chalk stripes. Their toothpaste shouldn’t contain more than 500 ppm of fluoride.
We advise parents whose children brush their own teeth, to re-brush them themselves until the child is 10.
Additional tips on preventing cavities:
- Never dip a baby’s dummy (pacifier) in honey or sugared water at bedtime.
- If your child drinks fruit juice from a feeding or baby’s bottle, make sure they drink up and don’t suck on it for too long.
This is really bad for their teeth.
- Try to make sure your baby doesn’t make a habit of sucking on the bottle. Encourage your child to get used to drinking from a beaker from 6-8 months on. If the transition to too difficult, use a spout cup for a while.