The best care we can provide our young patients is prevention. Since the best filling is no filling at all, our goal is to have your child reach adulthood with a cavity-free smile. You are welcome to bring your child as soon as their baby teeth erupt. We start early to familiarise a child with the dental environment and to educate you about fluoride, diet, a child’s development and hygiene needs.
When Should Children First See a Dentist?
The best time to bring your child to the dentist is around 6 months after their first tooth erupts, or even earlier than that if you are worried about their developing oral health. The Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry makes some recommendations about a child’s first dental visit.
You should encourage your child to brush their teeth as soon as the teeth emerge.
Assist them in completing this task and if necessary, brush your own teeth at the same time. Often children are happy to brush if you are consistent in setting a daily routine, which then becomes common practice in your household.
Depending on how many teeth your child has, you should brush their teeth for two or three minutes. One way to make this fun is to play their favourite song while they brush, it’ll also be a good indication of how long they should brush their teeth for.
If you need assistance on brushing techniques for children, try following some of the tips below, or alternatively, schedule a time to visit our practice for further information.
Tips for Brushing Children’s Teeth
Try following some of the tips below, they may assist you in cleaning your child’s teeth comfortably and more effectively.
- You may find it easier to stand or sit behind your child, cradling their chin in your hand so you can reach their top and bottom teeth more easily
- Use a small soft toothbrush in small circular movements and try to concentrate on one section at a time
- Only use a pea size amount of low-fluoride toothpaste made for children. You should dispense this yourself until the child can do it effectively
- Don’t forget to brush gently behind the teeth and onto the gums
- Finally, remember to encourage your child, as praise will often get results
Cost of a Children’s Visit to the Dentist
Parents may have concerns about the price of kid’s dental treatment. You know it’s important to give your children the best possible oral health from an early age, along with that, the question of money come up.
At justSMILE, we offer financing for major dental treatments for patients of all ages. You can read more about that on our financing page. The good news for parents however, is that the Australian Government has a scheme to help pay for your child’s trip to the dentist.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
The Australian Government (Medicare) has a dental scheme called Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), which provides benefits for basic dental services to children aged 2-17 years. It provides the following benefits:
- $1,000 of benefit over two calendar years.
- Preventive treatments such as check-up and clean, X Rays
- Some extractions
- Partial dentures
- Fluoride treatment
- Oral sedation
- IV sedation
- Fissure sealants.
Child Dental Benefits Scheme Eligibility
Not everyone is eligible for these benefits. Below are some of the requirements. More details can be found here.
- If the family receives Family Tax Benefit Part A or other Australian Government payments such as Carer Payment,Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment or Youth Allowance.
- The child is between 2 and 17
The benefit will be running through Medicare, just like the teen dental vouchers did, and will enable easy virtual access for patients to check their balance.
If you’re not sure if your child is eligible for these benefits, ring our office, and we’ll be more than happy to check.
justSMILE – Your Local Kid’s Dentist
Our goal is to educate parents on how to choose a great dentist for your children. What should you expect expect at your first visit. How do you promote strong oral hygiene for the whole family for years to come.
If you have any questions or concerns about your children’s dental health, please ring our dental practice and speak with one of our helpful staff.
We look forward to seeing you soon!