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All About Baby Teeth

Millennium Dental Mosman provide fun, engaging and educational children’s dental appointments at their Mosman dental practice

Your children’s dental health is important and crucial for their ongoing general health. There is a systemic connection between the mouth and your body, which means that both parts interrelate and affect one another. As professionals in the dental industry we see this on a daily basis, where a dental problem has been ignored, resulting in a general health problem and vice versa.

This systemic connection is why Millennium Dental Mosman in Mosman recommends bringing your children in for a dental appointment as soon as possible. This will ensure that we can monitor their oral health from a young age on a regular basis so that any problems are noticed at an early age.

When is the best time to take my child to the dentist?

The best time to take your child to visit the dentist is when they’re around 3-4 years old. At this age most or all of their baby teeth have erupted and they’re also likely to be at a preschool and are beginning to learn how to take direction from adults. We’re sure your kids will love to see their teeth on our ceiling mounted TV.

Generally, these visits are about getting your child comfortable in the surroundings and to give parents advice with regards to brushing their child’s teeth and what to eat and not to eat!

What are the side effects of teething on the mouth?

There are many oral symptoms that accompany this time in your child’s life including:

  • Inflamed or irritated gums
  • Increased saliva and drooling
  • Lack of appetite or a change of taste when it comes to foods
  • A rash on their cheeks

Teething can also result in a change in behaviour such as irritability which is a common problem among teething children.

When do baby teeth begin to erupt in the mouth?

Baby teeth (deciduous or primary teeth) will erupt at approximately 6 months of age. Different types of teeth generally erupt at different times, although this should not make a significant difference to their oral health if teeth erupt in a different order. Find out more about this in our info-graphic below.

First to erupt, first to shed

As you can see, the central incisors erupt in the mouth first, then the canines and finally or near the same time are the molars. Your child will also most likely lose teeth in the same order: first incisors, then canines and then molars. This is why you may see many children (or even your own) with their two front teeth missing at the same time. These are their central incisors which are the first to erupt in the mouth.

Your child’s baby teeth can affect their adult teeth

The health and even the position of your child’s baby teeth can affect their adult teeth. This is why it’s important to bring your child in at a young age while they still have their baby teeth so that we can ensure the best possible outcome for them. Gum disease and cavities are also still a potential problem for baby teeth, and cavities still hurt just as much in baby teeth as adult teeth. This is why it’s so important to maintain your child’s oral health.

How do I keep my child’s teeth healthy?

It’s important that your child brushes their teeth twice a day (after breakfast and before bed) using a soft bristled tooth brush. You should also teach them to floss at around 12 so that it becomes a habit, although this can be difficult for some children. We recommend parents help their children brush their teeth until they’re around 8 years old. This is because although they’re physically capable of brushing at a younger age they have no real concept of what they’re doing until around 8-9.

We welcome your questions

Questions are normal for young parents, as well as seasoned parents! If you have a dental enquiry of any kind please give our friendly team a call on 02 9969 5572. Dr Mark Rosenberg and his team will do their best to answer your query.

If you think your child is ready for an appointment you can also either book online or over the phone.

Click here to book your appointment online or call 02 9969 5572 to book over the phone.

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Sibel Serce

Oral Health Therapist

Sibel is one of our Oral Health Therapists at Millennium Dental.

Since becoming a member of the team, Sibel has consistently demonstrated the utmost commitment and dedication towards helping each of our patients. She has gained her experience in both the public health sector, as well as other private clinics throughout Sydney.

Her friendly nature makes her extremely approachable. When tailoring to her patients’ needs, Sibel ensures she is able to provide an attentive yet pleasurable dental experience for everybody she meets.  She is extremely passionate about promoting oral health to both her friends and fellow peers.

Sibel is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Oral Health. She is also bilingual in speaking English and Turkish.

When she is away from the clinic, Sibel loves spending time with her big family, finding cafes for brunch as well a gym workout.

Lisa Bow

Dental Hygienist

Lisa has dedicated her working life to the field of dentistry, initially, at the youthful age of 19, graduating in 1989 as a Chairside Dental Assistant and later graduating in 1994 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Lisa’s 32 years of experience in the dental setting makes her a valuable and sought-after practitioner in our practice. 

Lisa began her dental career in Ottawa, Canada. She later brought her skills and passion for oral health to Sydney in 2000, where she accepted a position with Millennium Dental Care. Lisa spreads the flossing gospel and cares for her loyal clients by providing gentle and effective preventive treatment combined with individualized education and instruction, along with respectful and ongoing encouragementOften hearing, “That’s the best dental cleaning I’ve ever had!” at the end of her appointments. Lisa has many long and loyal client relationships within Millennium Dental Care, several have been in her care for over 20 years. Lisa’s gentle nature and respectful manner can put even the most nervous dental clients at ease. Lisa looks forward to welcoming you and your family and friends into our Millennium Dental Family. 

Lisa regularly attends ongoing continuing education through conferences and courses and is a member of the Australian Dental Hygiene Association and the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association. In her free time Lisa enjoys ridiculously long walks, spending time with her two funny teenagers, and learning new skills by watching DIY videos on YouTube. 

Shruti Kulhalli


Since graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide, Dr Shruti Kulhalli has worked in Sydney and Adelaide, both as a dentist and as a university clinical tutor.  Dr Shruti brings extensive range of experience to our practice and strives for perfection when treating each and every one of her patients, always tailoring her approach to an individual’s needs. Her warm and friendly manner ensures a comfortable, personal experience for each patient. Always seeking to stay up-to-date with the ever-evolving world of dentistry, she regularly attends dental conferences and courses all around Australia. With a keen interest in both cosmetic and complex restorative dentistry.  As a mum of 2 young kids, Dr Shruti is especially passionate about the need for great paediatric dentistry.

Dr Shruti particularly enjoys the interpersonal and artistic aspects of dentistry. She loves being able to meet and to get to know different people each day and nothing gives her greater pleasure than using her skills and experience to help people gain optimal dental health and a beautiful smile. She also firmly believes that health is holistic, and when planning treatment, and always considers her patient’s general physical health and their well-being with the knowledge that these can have an important influence on oral health. 

In the little time that she’s not being a dentist or a mum, Dr Shruti is a regular at her local pilates studio, and also loves learning and reading about health and wellness. In 2013, she received her certificate in health coaching with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. This has given her the unique ability as a dentist to provide advice to her patients on the link between dental health and nutrition.

Mark Rosenberg


Dr Mark Rosenberg graduated in South Africa in 1982, before moving to London for fifteen years. During his time in London, Dr Rosenberg furthered his studies in implant dentistry, orthodontics, cosmetics and general oral surgery. In 1987 Dr Rosenberg received the LDS from the Royal College of Surgeons and also passed his American board exams. Dr Rosenberg benefited from the great experience of running multiple surgeries and a general anaesthetics clinic for many years.

Dr Rosenberg has done extensive courses in cosmetics and implant surgery and holds several post graduate implant and orthodontic diplomas.

Since immigrating to Sydney, he has enjoyed the daily drive from the Eastern suburbs to Mosman. His spare time is spent chasing after his young daughter who keeps him young and tired at the same time! He has kept fit for many years and his present regime involves running, swimming and pilates; however, his knees have decided his marathon running days are over!