Children’s dental health

A new Government Children’s Dental Benefits Schedule has commenced: all children aged from 2-17 years are eligible for $1000 in Dental services. This Scheme replaced the Medicare Teen Dental Plan from the 1st of January 2014. Find out more…

We strongly believe in the importance of positive dental experiences for children of all ages, and aim to make the first dental experience an easy one for everyone. We encourage you to bring your children along from an early age for assessment and to allow them to learn about what happens at the dentist. Traditionally this used to happen around the age of 2, but if concerns are noted, the sooner the better.

New evidence shows that transmission of bacteria from parent to child is high so good dental care and health is also paramount for parents.

Prevention of dental decay is always better than active treatment, but treatment at an early stage is certainly better than waiting for pain and greater problems, such as dental abscesses.

Prevention of dental decay involves dietary analysis, oral hygiene instruction, fluoride advice and treatment, and fissure sealant restorations. A special diagnostic test is also available to test early oral bacterial levels in children, which can help us to manage prevention better. Special mouthrinses for parents can also help to reduce the bacterial load.

Sealant restorations are plastic coatings that are easily applied to the susceptible pits and grooves of permanent teeth to protect them from tooth decay. They are best done early in life, especially when the back teeth have formed with deep grooves and the decay rate in the baby teeth has been high. Molar teeth are often harder to clean with them being at the back of the mouth. Sealants can certainly help to prevent problems.

Paediatric techniques are used to make any dental work required more pleasant. We will always explain the dental treatment to your children using words that they can understand, and make sure that they feel happy and comfortable before proceeding. Nitrous oxide sedation (happy gas) is available in all rooms, which may be useful for your child if they feel apprehensive about treatment or for more difficult procedures.

Regular dental care for the family is encouraged. Reminders help and recall frequency can be arranged according to clinical need, such as 3,6 or 12 monthly recall.

Severe cases can be referred to a specialist paediatric dentist that uses general anaesthesia for multiple problems.

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