Children's dentistry

Young children and first dentist visits

We recommend children visit the dentist as early as 2 years old. Where possible, bring them along to a parent/guardian’s exam appointment to get them used to the sights and sounds of a dentist at work!

When they are ready to sit in the ‘big chair’ (either by themselves or on a parent/guardians lap) we do a ‘show & tell’ with the interesting tools we use, we count teeth, check for cavities, show how to brush. We want their first experiences to be friendly and relaxing. Please contact us should you have any questions regarding your child’s first dental visit.

We Bulk Bill under Child Dental Benefits Schedule

A new scheme for children <18yrs began in 2013. Eligible children will have access to $1000 of dental treatment (covered by Medicare) over 2 calendar years. This scheme covers most general dental treatment, i.e., examination, clean, restoration, fissure sealing, extraction etc. Orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry are not covered.  To find out more about Child Dental Benefit Schedule, click link http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-scheduleContact us for further information regarding Child Dental Benefit schedule 9460 6627.

Frequently asked questions from parents:

Q: I can see a black hole" decay" on my daughter’s baby tooth. Should i be concerned even if it's a baby tooth?
A: It is important to have it checked and restored by a dentist. Decay in baby teeth develops quickly, left  untreated may result in pain, swelling and eventually early loss of this baby tooth and possibly contribute to future crowding of the growing adult teeth.

Q: My 6 year son has a new adult tooth growing behind the baby incisor on the lower jaw, but his baby tooth in front is not loose yet?
A: The good news is, naturally the new adult teeth will move forward as it erupts to its full height, the root of baby incisor will be slowly dissolved and become mobile, and eventually fall out by itself. A child who has limited spaces in their lower jaw for new tooth may experience delay in this natural process and may result in crowding (overlap or uneven teeth).

Q: A dentist has suggested placing fissure sealants for my 7 year old child?  What is fissure sealant?
A: fissure sealant is a protective coating that is applied to the chewing surface of back teeth, commonly permanent adult molars, sealing off the grooves and crannies that tend to collect food. The sealant protects tooth enamel from plaque and acid, hence it is a preventive treatment. Sealants can last up to 10 years.  Procedure is simple, no anaesthetic required, no discomfort for your child.

 

Toddlers

  • A child's first teeth are as important as permanent teeth and require daily care. 
  • Make brushing fun! Sing nursery rhymes or play a favourite song while you help your child brush their teeth. 
  • Consider a battery-powered tooth brush when cleaning your child’s teeth, this adds novelty when brushing.
  • A child who understands that teeth have to last a lifetime is more likely to take care of them. 
  • The average child has a full set of 20 primary teeth by the age of two to three years. Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be within six months of the eruption of their first tooth, or by their first birthday. 
  • Thumb sucking is a natural reflex in babies and young children. Most children lose interest in thumb sucking and dummies between two to four years of age. 
  • The appearance of primary teeth is commonly called ‘teething’. Many babies experience some discomfort during teething.