Family Dentistry

Our goal is to create a happier, healthier planet of smiles through oral health care and education.

We are dedicated to helping more people obtain a healthy smile so they can look and feel their best so if you are looking for a new dentist in the Hawthorn area, we would love to welcome you to our practice. 

We have developed a number of amenities to help you and your family feel as comfortable as possible during your time with us. If you have any questions you are welcome to call us on (03) 9818 2994. We look forward to meeting you and building a long lasting relationship.

Dental Care During Pregnancy

It is really important that you have good dental care before and during pregnancy. This is because the hormones of pregnancy can make your gums more susceptible to inflammation. Furthermore, dental disease has been linked to pregnancy complications including preterm birth. 

Due to this reason it is very important to come to the dentist before you plan your pregnancy so we can check your teeth and gums are healthy and are at a reduced risk of having any issues during your pregnancy, thereby giving you baby the best start to life. 

During pregnancy you may need to see us more frequently for preventative care to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy.

Your Baby’s Teeth During Pregnancy

A baby’s teeth start to form during pregnancy. During the last three months of pregnancy, the mother provides minerals needed to develop the baby’s teeth. These minerals come from what the mother is eating, so it is essential to eat and drink calcium rich foods and drinks.

A nutritious diet and good dental hygiene during pregnancy will ensure that the mum’s and baby’s teeth will be healthy and strong.

Contact Gentle Dental Hawthorn on (03) 9818 2994 or book your appointment online now.

Baby’s First Visit

The Australian Dental Association recommends your baby see the dentist for the first time when their first tooth becomes visible or when they reach 12 months of age – whichever comes first. Children usually have their full set of teeth by the age of three, however, the earlier they visit the dentist the better as it is really important for them to get used to the environment. 

We all know that first impressions last a lifetime and at Gentle Dental, we will make sure we go the extra mile to endure the first visit is a special one. Usually, during your child’s first visit we will take a full medical history and may discuss the following:

  • Teething
  • Brushing techniques
  • Bite (how your children’s teeth come together)
  • Habits such as thumb sucking
  • The risk of decay and how to prevent it
  • Prevention of traumatic injury to your child’s mouth
  • Nutritional advice

Always be positive about these visits, never use the dentist as a deterrent for bad behaviour such as not brushing teeth, and remember that we see young children everyday and it is our goal to ensure their experience at the dentist is as comfortable as possible. 

Your child’s baby teeth will start to appear, often with the central bottom teeth first, anywhere between 4 months and 10 months. Like every developmental milestone, the point at which your baby gets their teeth is an individual thing and you shouldn’t worry if their teeth appear earlier or later than other kids their age. If you have any concerns in this regard please just let us know. 

When your child is teething it can be tough to make them comfortable. A combination of loving attention, chilled but not frozen teething rings or washcloths, and dummies (don’t use honey or jam on them as this causes decay) often does the trick.

Brushing baby’s teeth

Dental health is an ongoing process throughout a child’s life and you should begin by modelling good dental health practices early on so your child sees them as a normal part of life. Even if your child only has a few teeth, bacteria can get in and start causing decay, so you should start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts. One great way to get your child used to teeth cleaning is to wipe their gums with a soft cloth twice a day.

As soon as the teeth appear, you can switch to using a soft children’s brush, with no toothpaste until 18 months of age, while your child lies on your lap or on a bed. And yes flossing is necessary; we can show you the correct technique during yours or your child’s preventative hygiene visit.

Dental care for adolescents

Tooth decay remains one of the most common chronic diseases of adolescents. Research suggests that the overall rate of decay is declining, however, is still the highest during adolescence. Adolescence is also a critical time for the health of the gums and bone that holds teeth in place. Data suggests that irreversible tissue damage from gum disease begins in late adolescence and early adulthood.   

This is why it is so important to maintain regular 6 monthly preventative hygiene appointments so we can monitor how well our patients are brushing, if any dietary factors are playing a role in increased decay and how best to manage this and also to help adolescents establish a healthy routine of both home care and visiting the dentist. 

During preventative hygiene appointments we also monitor the eruption pattern of teeth, ensure all adult teeth are present and assess whether there is enough space for adult teeth to come through and that the jaws are forming properly. We may refer patients to have a full mouth radiograph taken to check positioning of the teeth before they come through so that we can check unerupted teeth won’t cause damage to adjacent adult teeth. We want to ensure that the bite is ideal to prevent unnecessary wear on teeth and to ensure optimal function. If we can see there is not enough space or patients are developing a cross bite or underbite we may recommend them to see an orthodontist. 

Jaw problems may also become apparent during adolescence so during our regular preventative hygiene appointments we will assess the jaw joint and all teeth surfaces to diagnose whether grinding may become an issue. 

At Gentle Dental, we see patients of all ages so will be able to maintain teenagers oral health in adulthood.