Children’s dental check up and treatment
Your Children’s Dental Appointments
We love seeing our younger patients and preparing them for a lifetime of good dental care.
Regular dental check-ups and cleaning allows early detection of decay and developing orthodontic problems.
We Make Children’s Appointments Fun
We help put your child at ease so they don’t have any problems about visiting the dentist. They love our prizes, iPads and they can watch TV from the examination chair too.
We use booster seats for the little ones and nitrous oxide (happy gas) to make them more comfortable, if needed.
Children often benefit from the placement of fissure seals on their back teeth to provide extra protection against cavities and make them easier to clean. This is a very simple procedure where a resin is used to fill the deep pits and fissures.
Bringing your child regularly and from an early age means they will be relaxed about visiting the dentist (even if you aren’t) and the less likely they are to need further or extensive treatment.
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions we get from parents, but please pop in to see us if you have any other queries.
Your child’s first check up should be around 2 years of age, so they can get used to going to the dentist and ensure no problems are developing. .
We see a lot of people who are worried about visiting the dentist. We are patient, friendly and we totally understand. As a parent, if you have some discomfort around visiting the dentist try to not let your child feel or hear anything about any fears you may have.
Regular visits help your child get used to the surroundings, so that, if and when, they do need any treatment, they feel relaxed and happy about it.
All children develop at different rates, however, as a general guide.
First or ‘baby’ teeth have usually developed before your child is born and will start to come through at around six months. All twenty baby teeth should be through by the age of two-and-a-half.
The first permanent ‘adult’ molars (back teeth) will appear at about six years, behind the baby teeth and before the first teeth start to fall out.
The adult teeth will then replace the baby teeth. The lower front teeth are usually lost first, then the upper front teeth shortly after.
All adult teeth should be in place by the age of thirteen, except the wisdom teeth which may come through any time between eighteen and twenty five years of age.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Child Dental Benefit Schedule
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides access to benefits for basic dental services for children aged 2-17 years. Eligible children are entitled to $1000 of basic dental treatment, over a two calendar year period. The CDBS is means tested, so if you receive Family Tax Benefit A, or have received a notification in the mail, then you should be eligible.
We only charge you the amount set by Medicare. There is no out of pocket cost for you, as long as the service is covered and your child has adequate funds remaining. The CDBS covers a range of general dental services such as check-ups, cleaning, fissure seals and fillings. It doesn’t cover orthodontic treatment, mouthguards, teeth whitening or treatment provided in a hospital.
We can check your eligibility for you – call us on 4957 5957 or contact us here with your Medicare number (and the number beside your child’s name) and we can assist.