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.
Children’s Oral Care
Lauren also focuses on fostering positive attitudes towards dental treatments and oral health with all her patients.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule, or CDBS, is a Medicare funded program prodiving $1,013 of free dental benefits to children aged two to seventeen who meet the eligibility criteria. This $1,013 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?
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?
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.
How to prepare your child for their first visit to the dentist?
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