Children’s Dentistry

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At Vineyard Dental we believe that teaching children effective dental habits from an early age is important to ensure lifelong good oral health practices.

It is important to look after your child’s teeth right from the first baby tooth. All children should start their first dental visit around the age of 2. If you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late to start.

The First Dental Check Up

We aim to make your child’s first dental visit a positive and enjoyable one. Prior to the visit, we encourage all parents to prepare their child by role-playing or reading children’s dental books to get them excited. Avoid expressing any fears you may have as this can create a negative impression of the dental visit, which can be very difficult to overcome later in life.

Our professionally trained team like to keep the first dental visit as simple as possible. This usually involves counting the teeth and making sure all teeth are in good condition. The main goal is to introduce dentistry to your child and develop trust and confidence in them. As this is an entirely new experience, do not worry if your child is not keen to participate. Sometimes it may take a couple of visits before your child is comfortable.This is also a great time to discuss habits such as nutrition, thumb-sucking and bottle use.

Many parents are not aware of the importance of their child’s “baby” teeth. Although these teeth will naturally fall out, your child’s “baby” teeth are important for 2 main reasons:

  • They are essential for your child to chew and speak properly. Healthy baby teeth allow your child to enjoy a variety of food for proper maintenance of a balanced diet.
  • They guide the growth of the jaw and maintain the space to ensure permanent teeth come through in the correct alignment and position.

Occasionally when your child’s baby teeth fall out too early, either by decay or being accidentally knocked out, it can have a significant impact on their oral and general health unless appropriate treatment is taken.

General timeline for children teething

Your child’s baby teeth usually appear from around 6 months old, up to 2.5 years old. All baby teeth should appear by the age of 3. Your child starts to lose the baby teeth at the age of 6 and their adult teeth will gradually replace them until around the age of 13.

Dental tips for children

  • Never allow your child to sleep with a bottle of milk, juice, or any sugary liquids. This can cause widespread decay called “baby bottle decay”.
  • Avoid passing germs in your mouth to your baby, especially if you have decaying teeth yourself. Do not put food, pacifiers or utensils in your mouth before giving it to your child.
  • Starting from birth, take time to clean your infant’s gums with a damp cloth.
  • When the baby teeth come through, brush the teeth with a soft children’s toothbrush twice a day. Do not use toothpaste before the age of 2 as your child may swallow the toothpaste. This can cause mottling of their adult teeth in the future.
  • Use children’s toothpaste between the ages of 2-6 and change to adult toothpaste after 6 years old.
  • Supervise your child’s brushing technique, making sure they brush for at least 2 minutes. We recommend brushing your child’s teeth and then let them have a turn.
  • Most decay occurs on the chewing surface of the back teeth. These surfaces contain deep grooves and fissures that are usually very difficult to clean. They trap food, allowing bacteria to grow uninterrupted. This can lead to dental decay – especially in children with poor oral hygiene.

Fissure Sealants

A fissure sealant is a thin coating of resin that is placed over the tooth to cover deep grooves and fissures. It helps to prevent food and plaque from accumulating. It is a quick and painless procedure that requires only a single visit.

Fissure Sealants

When should fissure sealants be done?

At Vineyard Dental, we recommend that your child has their first fissure sealants bonded around the age of 6-7 years old (once the first permanent molars have fully erupted) and replaced around the age of 12-14 years for the second molars.

Fissure sealants can be bonded at any age, as long as decay has not developed on your teeth. Fissure sealants are also effective for adults.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Australian Government have introduced a dental scheme called Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), which provides benefits for basic dental services to children and teens aged 2-17 years for families that receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or other Australian Government payments.

Each eligible child and teen is entitled to $1,000 of benefit over two calendar years. All preventive treatments under CDBS such as Check-up, Cleans, intraoral X-rays, Fluoride Treatment, and Fissure Sealants are FULLY COVERED at our clinic as long as there is sufficient benefit available. If you are unsure if your child is eligible, let us know! We are more than happy to check for you.

Call our friendly team at Vineyard Dental to book your child’s oral health check-up today.

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