Maintaining your child’s oral health is vital in their formative years, as tooth decay and gum disease are more prevalent in younger mouths. Routine appointments with your dentist allows any potential problems to be treated well before they can prove to be harmful to your child’s oral hygiene.
The easiest way to encourage children to feel comfortable about visiting the dentist regularly is to bring them along to your appointments. Certain ages aren’t suited for comprehensive examinations, however it allows the child to familiarise themselves with the dental practice, staff and the dentist, avoiding the possibility of them being scared in the future.
When examining your child’s mouth, the dentist will look for the following things in the first appointment:
- The number of baby and adult teeth present
- Assessing jaw development
- Inspecting the health of gums, tongue and throat
- Inspecting for any cavities in your child’s teeth
- Assessing how the upper and lower portions of the jaw bite down together, determining whether orthodontics may be required at a later date
Eve Dental centre can pass on our expertise and happily advise you on the following aspects of your child’s oral hygiene:
- Healthy diet
- Proper tooth brushing technique
- Whether any fluoride treatments are necessary
- Fissure sealants or other preventative treatments if cavities are prevalent.
- Using a children’s toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Encouraging them to brush twice daily, morning and night
- Ensuring that your child spits out the toothpaste but does not rinse their mouth, as the water can remove the crucial effects of the fluoride in the paste
- Ensuring that your child does not fall asleep with either formula or regular milk or drinks other than water. These drinks have hidden sugars in them, which will remain in the mouth when your child sleeps
- Limiting the amount of sugars in your child’s diet.
If your child has tooth decay from an early age, your dentist may advise that a fluoride treatment is necessary This will help to strengthen the enamel of the tooth and protect against further decay. When the child starts growing their adult teeth, your dentist may also recommend that fissure sealants are placed to preserve the teeth. Fissure sealants work by making the grooves in the tooth more shallow and acting as a physical barrier between bacteria and the enamel.
If you have any queries regarding the care of your child’s teeth, please don’t hesitate to call us on (03) 5996 9197. Our staff are very knowledgeable and informative, and can best guide you to ensure that your child’s oral hygiene is in excellent condition.
Medicare’s Child Dental Benefit Schedule
The Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) allows for eligible children to receive an allowance that can be used for dental treatment. Children will receive $1000.00 for a two year period. Not all children are eligible for this allowance and it depends on your family’s income along with other factors.
We directly bulk bill treatment for eligible children meaning that you will not have to pay anything at the time of the appointment.
Types of services covered on CDBS
- Check ups
- Fissure seals
- Root Canal Treatments
CDBS does not cover any cosmetic treatment, orthodontics or treatments received in a hospital.