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Your first trip to the dentist can be an exciting and frightening experience (depending on the movies you’ve watched!), and one that may even define a lifetime of dental care.

We understand that first trips to the dentist can be daunting for kids and their parents alike. That’s why we created this article as a comprehensive guide to first dental visits.

We will cover topics ranging from what you should expect when taking your child to the dentist, tips on how to prepare them mentally and emotionally, and helpful advice on maintaining healthy dental habits.

When To Book Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

Most first-time dental visits are scheduled around age three or four, though it is recommended that you take your child in for checkups as soon as possible after their first tooth appears.

During these initial checkup appointments, our dentists focus on a thorough examination of your child’s teeth and gums. They will check for any signs of cavities, decay, or other dental issues that need attention.

The trained dental team at Dakabin Dental understand that some children may not be so keen on their first trip to the dentist. We have a very welcoming approach for children visiting for the first time and endeavour to make them feel as comfortable and safe as possible.

How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

It is important to prepare your child mentally before the first visit. Let them know that going to the dentist is an important part of keeping their teeth healthy and strong. Explain to them that they can expect gentle brushing and counting of their teeth.

Additionally, make sure you let them know that our dentists are here to help keep their mouths clean and healthy – not to hurt them in any way! We love seeing big happy smiles on our younger patients and we want to keep it that way.

What You Can Do At Home to Prepare Your Children for the Dentist

To ensure a successful first trip to the dentist, we recommend establishing good oral hygiene habits at home first.

Here are a few minor habits you can do at home before bringing your kids to the dentist for the first time:

  • Ensure children brush twice daily for two minutes each
  • Encourage kids to eat healthy foods.

If you can make dental care a part of your child’s routine at home first, they will be more comfortable visiting the dentist.

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At our office, we strive to make first dental trips as stress-free as possible! We provide a fun and welcoming atmosphere that will put both you and your kids at ease. Our dentists are highly experienced in working with children and understand the unique needs of their patients.

Unfortunately, some children have weak teeth and gums and are prone to tooth decay. Dakabin Dental offers complete smile makeovers for both adults and children. Hopefully, with the right dental care and maintenance from a young age, together we can avoid this in your child’s future!

If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment please contact us or book online today.


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Most of us are taught from a young age that we need to brush our teeth and reduce our sugar intake to avoid cavities and tooth decay. While these are important steps, there is more that can be done to proactively prevent decay. A more holistic approach can greatly improve your chances of stopping decay and preventing more in the future.

Mouth Breathing vs. Nasal Breathing for Decay

Breathing through your mouth dries it out, which makes it harder for your immune system to fight bacteria. Nasal breathing is a good habit to learn. Not only does it moisten the mouth, but it also allows the nose to filter air before it reaches the lungs. This filtered air contains less bacteria, which reduces the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth.

Eat Whole Foods

Eating whole foods helps your teeth’s natural immune defense system, and this includes eating products with full fat which ensures you are including all the important fat soluble vitamins like A, E & K. Processed foods also tend to be high in sugar and low in nutrients, which can lead to cavities and decay.

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Take Oral Probiotics for Decay

Oral probiotics help to maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the mouth, which can neutralise harmful bacteria. Without oral probiotics, this harmful bacteria can build up and lead to cavities or gum disease.

Include Crunchy Raw Vegetables

Raw vegetables help keep your teeth healthy. They are low in sugars and the crunching action required to eat them help create saliva, which helps protect your teeth from cavities. Without raw vegetables (or any other food that requires crunching), there is less saliva produced, which leaves teeth more vulnerable to decay. The work your mouth and jaw has to do to eat such foods also strengthens it which can help prevent crooked teeth from forming or worsening!

By incorporating these simple steps into your daily routine, you can proactively prevent tooth decay and cavities. So start with quick-win changes & add in others as you are able to. The benefits will be most profound in your children, who can experience the life changing habits compounding over time. But you will also notice an improvement in your own dental health over time!

Our dentists here at Dakabin Dental would be happy to answer questions you may have. Book here at your own convenience or you can contact us today on (07) 3888 7752 


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Caring for your teeth is an important lifelong habit that prevents disease. Teaching your kids how to care for their teeth early on will set them up for success down the road. Here are five ways to get your kids to brush their teeth regularly and properly!

1. Kids Learn by Example

As a parent, you are your child’s first and best teacher. They learn by watching and copying what you do. So, if you want your kids to develop good dental habits, it’s important that you practice what you preach! Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, floss daily, and eat a healthy diet. Your kids will follow your lead.

2. Get Regular Checkups

Your dentist can spot problems early and help prevent them from getting worse. They can also help teach your kids how to brush and floss properly. Take your kids to see the dentist every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning. The earlier you start this, the better. Your children will build rapport with your family dentist and will grow up thinking visits to the dentist are normal, not scary!

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3. Make Brushing Fun

Making brushing fun for kids can go a long way in getting them to actually do it! There are all sorts of fun toothbrushes, toothpastes, and flosses available these days. Pick out some fun products together and let them choose their favorite! You can also make brushing into a game – see who can brush the longest or make the coolest bubbles while they brush.

4. Offer a Reward

Sometimes all it takes is a little incentive to get kids to do something they may not want to do. If your kid is having trouble getting into the habit of brushing their teeth, try offering a reward for doing it faithfully every day for a week or two. After they’ve developed the habit, you can phase out the rewards. Something like a sticker or activity is better for health than a food based treat.

5. Make Sure Their Diet is Teeth Friendly

Sugary drinks and snacks can cause cavities. Help protect your kid’s teeth by making sure their diet includes plenty of water and teeth-friendly foods like cheese, milk, nuts, and crunchy fruits and veggies. Avoid sugary drinks like soft drinks, sports drinks, and juice, as well as sticky sweets that cling to teeth like candy bars and gummies.

Caring for your teeth is an important lifelong habit that starts in childhood. You can set your kids up for success by teaching them good dental habits early on in life. With your help, your kids will develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime!

Our dentists here at Dakabin Dental would be happy to answer questions you may have regarding your kids oral health and habits. Book now at your own convenience or contact us today on (07) 3888 7752 


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Dental Care is Important During Pregnancy

Half of all pregnant women will experience gingivitis, or gum inflammation during pregnancy. Gingivitis leads to periodontal disease, which is a serious infection of the gums. Pregnant women are also at risk of cavities. Adequate dental care ensures that high risk issues are prevented and treated, giving the pregnant woman and her baby the best chance of positive health outcomes. 

Why is Periodontal Disease Concerning?

Pregnant women with periodontal disease are also more likely to experience complications during pregnancy and delivery. It has been linked to preterm birth and low birth weight for the baby.  These complications and others can be severe in extreme cases, so act quickly if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Time is of the essence during pregnancy. It may seem like you have plenty but it goes quickly!

The Reason Dental Health Can Decline During Pregnancy

There are links to hormonal changes that alter the acidity of the mouth. This causes damage to enamel, gums and increases the risk of decay and cavities. In addition, during pregnancy women are more likely to eat foods high in sugar and at unusual times of the day. Dental care can also be forgotten about since there is so much to do, prepare and think about already in preparation for expanding a family. If severe morning sickness or even hyperemesis gravidarum is experienced, vomiting can be especially damaging to your oral health.

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What Can I do?

Visit the dentist for a check up and clean every single trimester and practice good oral hygiene habits at home. These include brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. Tobacco use, which increases the risk of developing gingivitis or periodontal disease, should also be avoided.

If you are pregnant or planning a baby, book in for your check ups and cleans here. The best outcomes are achieved by planning ahead before anything gets in the way. Prioritise yourself and your baby by taking good care of your teeth and gums.

Most dental work is safe during pregnancy, but the second trimester is the best time to get and procedures done, to ensure your comfort and safety.

Our dentists here at Dakabin Dental would be happy to answer questions you may have regarding oral health before, during or after pregnancy. Contact us today on (07) 3888 7752


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Oral health plays an important role keeping your smile looking its best. More than that though, healthy gums are key to a healthy mouth, and they play a vital role in your overall well-being. 

What are four ways that you can maintain healthy gums:

Keep reading to find out!

We will also explain why oral health is so important and what happens when you don’t take care of your teeth and gums.

Your gums are the foundation for your teeth, so it is important to take care of them. Here are four ways that you can maintain healthy gums:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day: This is the most important way to maintain healthy gums. Be sure to brush your teeth for two minutes, using circular, gentle motions. Don’t forget to brush your tongue too as bacteria can live here and cause an unhealthy mouth!
  2. Floss daily: Flossing helps remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth and under your gum line, ideally you should be flossing twice a day, but at a minimum once per day.
  3. Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet is important for your overall health, including your oral health. Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and limit sugary snacks and drinks. If you do indulge in these every now and then, make sure you brush your teeth afterwards.
  4. See your dentist regularly: Seeing your dentist every six months (if you have healthy teeth and gums) for a cleaning and check-up is important for maintaining healthy gums. If you struggle with oral health, we recommend seeing the dentist every three to four months. Your dentist can help you with a personalized care plan to get your oral health back on track.

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Healthy gums provide a foundation for strong teeth, and they help keep your mouth free of bacteria and infection. Additionally, good oral hygiene has been linked with overall good health. For example, research has shown that people with periodontal disease (gum disease) are more likely to suffer from heart disease, stroke, and other chronic conditions.

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