DENTISTRY FOR CHILDREN

A visit to the dentist can be fun for children!

At Be Well Dental, we recognise that positive experiences at the dentist will play an important role in shaping dental behaviour later in life.

Most people assume that until the child has a full set of teeth that there is no need to see a dentist, but the reality is that dentistry isn’t just about teeth. It is about gums, lips, and the inside of the mouth. The Australian Dental Association recommends that your child’s first dental visit should be around the age of 1, unless you notice anything that you think is out of the ordinary before this time, in which case it is better to see a dentist sooner rather than later.

It is normal for children to be anxious about going to a dental practice for the first time and meeting the dental team. Some of their anxieties are manifested through your own apprehension or past experiences. Try to be positive and calm about your child’s first visit and answer their questions honestly without going into specific details. The best way you can support your child is to be present for them.

Our team have special ways to explain things using demonstrations to aid understanding and have some fun also. We will empower your child and motivate them to care for their teeth and gums for the rest of their lives! Our team may discuss:

  • Teething
  • Brushing techniques
  • Bite/Jaw relationship
  • Soft tissues such as gums and cheeks
  • Habits such as thumb sucking
  • Risk of decay and how to prevent it
  • Prevention of trauma to your child’s mouth
  • Nutritional advice

At the age of 5-6, your child’s adult teeth will begin to appear. Dental visits are even more important at this stage to ensure that the adult teeth are developing properly and that they are well taken care off. We will continue to give preventative care advice to suit your child’s stage of development and to ensure that we instill the importance of home care for preventing the development of dental decay and gum disease.

During the teenage years, your child’s jaws and teeth will continue to develop. It is important to monitor this growth to ensure prompt referral to the orthodontist should your child’s bite require correction. The teenage years are often a time when diet and oral hygiene are less than ideal, leading to an increased risk in the development of dental decay, tooth wear and gum disease. It is important to continue regular dental visits to encourage and maintain the health of teenage teeth and gums.

CHILD DENTAL BENEFIT SCHEDULE

The Child Dental Benefir Schedule (CDBS) is an Australian Government initiative that may allow your child to seek basic dental treatment, such as check-ups, x-rays, fillings and extractions. Higher end services, such as orthodontic treatment are not included. The total benefir entitlement will be capped at $1000 per child over a two year period, however eligibility will need to be determined.

The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefir Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment. To learn more, please contact us or visit the Department of Health’s website