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Children’s Dentistry in Stoke and Nelson

little girl smiling on chairTeaching children how to care for their teeth should start as early as possible to prevent early childhood decay and protect their pearly whites. Starting an early routine of preventive care services for your child at Fresh Dental can ensure the longevity and health of their smile as they reach adulthood.

When Should My Child Start Seeing the Dentist?

We recommend children have their first examination before their second birthday. These visits help your child become accustomed to our office. We don’t force the issue, we give them time to relax. Our friendly staff puts them at ease, and has fun with them. We might also put on a children’s TV show.

The appointments also give us time to spend with parents, discussing oral development, healthy nutritional habits, oral hygiene instruction, and which preventive care services your child is comfortable receiving.

Problems With Baby Teeth

Many people don’t worry about problems in baby teeth because they’re going to lose them anyway. In reality, baby teeth help guide the development and growth of the permanent tooth below. Premature loss of a baby tooth may result in tooth misalignment, crowding, or impacted permanent teeth.

Baby teeth decay at a rapid rate, so it’s important to treat these areas early on to prevent the infection from spreading to adjacent teeth, and damaging the developing permanent teeth.

If your child loses a tooth prematurely, your dentist can use preventive measures to maintain the spacing of the teeth, in order to minimise orthodontic complications later on.


We offer a full range of dental services for children, free of charge up to age 18. These include a general exam, cleaning, fluoride treatment, fillings, and orthodontic extractions. X-rays may be necessary to assess if there is decay, and how far it has progressed.

During the exam we assess where the child is in terms of their tooth eruption order. We also look for any issues impacting their bite, or any potential orthodontic problems.

Start Your Child Early

Let’s get your child on the path to good oral health. Call today for an appointment.


Children’s Dentistry Stoke, Nelson, Richmond NZ | 03 547 6799