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.
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:
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.
Not everyone is eligible for these benefits. Below are some of the requirements. More details can be found here.
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.
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 staff.
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Patient comfort is our priority. We pay close attention to every detail of your dental experience to ensure you feel relaxed, refreshed and cared for as part of our special family.
Not an average trip to the dentist, but an exceptional dental experience. We are here to make a real difference in the lives of those we serve and in the community in which we live.
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