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Children’s Dentistry

Implementing a good oral care routine for children early on is essential for setting up good oral health habits for life.

It’s never too early to bring your child to the dentist and we recommend introducing at an early age to the dentist during your regular dental check ups.

Watching mum or dad have a check up can go a long way to making them feel comfortable when it’s their turn in the chair and regular check up appointments can be turned into a fun family activity. It is important that children see visiting the dentist as a normal experience so when it comes time for their first dental examination it is simply a regular experience, nothing to fuss about.

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Children’s Oral Care

When your child is ready for their first dental examination you can book with your usual dentist here at Jones Dental, or book your child in to see our oral health therapist, Lauren Dempsey. Lauren works specifically with children, adolescents and young adults, providing high quality preventative care and oral health education.

Lauren also focuses on fostering positive attitudes towards dental treatments and oral health with all her patients.

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Children with decay in their primary teeth have a significant chance of developing decay in their permanent teeth if risk factors at a young age are not changed and or dealt with. Studies show that oral health impacts directly on an individual’s overall health so discussing topics such as: oral hygiene techniques, toothpastes, diet and lifestyle factors all play a role in allowing your child to grow up with valuable knowledge regarding good oral health.
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Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Jones Dental proudly supports the CDBS scheme by bulk billing treatment for eligible children.

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule, or CDBS, is a Medicare funded program prodiving $1000 of free dental benefits to children aged two to seventeen who meet the eligibility criteria. This $1000 is valid every two calendar years and continues until the child is over 17 years of age.

The CDBS scheme covers a range of services, including examinations, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, fissure sealants and extractions. CDBS does not cover orthodontics, cosmetic dental treatment and mouthguards.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I first start brushing my child’s teeth?

As soon as your baby’s first tooth arrives it is time to start brushing. Even before the first tooth appears we recommend cleaning your baby’s gums twice a day by wiping them with a soft cloth. Not only will this remove bacteria, it will also get your baby used to the sensation and routine of having their gums cleaned so when their first tooth arrives, introducing a toothbrush is not such a big step.

When the first tooth does arrive use a small, soft bristled, children’s toothbrush with a bit of cold water (no toothpaste) to gently brush each tooth and their gums in a circular motion.

We recommend introducing a fluoridated toothpaste at around 18 months of age. There are a range of children’s toothpastes on the market, such as the Colgate My First range and Macleans Milk teeth. These toothpastes have a low level of fluoride and a mild taste. A small amount of toothpaste, just a smear, is enough to start with as your child learns how to spit out after brushing, instead of swallowing.

When should be the first dental visit of a child?

We recommend your child’s first dental visit be between 18 and 24 months, unless you notice anything out of the ordinary or trauma has occurred earlier, in which case we recommend visiting our oral health therapist sooner. While your child may not have all their primary teeth for their first visit, the appointment is largely about making sure your child is comfortable within the dental setting and that they feel relaxed and happy to have their teeth checked.

This first visit is also important to identify potential issues early, as prevention is always better than a cure. Our oral health therapist will cover tooth brushing and flossing techniques for children and answer any questions you may have about teething, thumb sucking, preventing decay and nutritional advice.

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60 Crown Street, Wollongong

27 Central Road, Unanderra

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Wollongong Dental Practice - Dentist

Wollongong

60 Crown St, Wollongong
(02) 4228 6611

Unanderra Dental Practice - Dentist

Unanderra

27 Central Rd, Unanderra
(02) 4271 1468

Oak Flats Dental Practice - Dentist

Oak Flats

90 Central Av, Oak Flats
(02) 4256 1087

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