Regular children’s dentistry visits are an important step towards a lifetime of good dental health. Even though children’s baby teeth are eventually replaced, maintaining healthy baby teeth is important for the health of adult teeth later on in life. Instilling good habits in children at a young age will see them maintained throughout their life.
The team at Clifton Hill Dental, including our highly trained dental therapists, will take the time to explain all treatments to both parents and children to ensure that each dental experience is a happy one.
Prevention is always better than cure and regular dental examinations can catch any problems early and help maintain a healthy mouth. Remember, children who have regular dental check-ups tend to have fewer dental problems.
When to see a dentist
As a rule of thumb, it is time for a dental visit when your child’s first tooth becomes visible or they reach 12 months old – whichever comes first. If you notice anything you think is out of the ordinary before this time, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so book an appointment straight away.
Your child’s first dental visit
The first childrens dentist visit is a momentous occasion, just like a hair cut or the first day at school. At Clifton Hill Dental, our dental therapists will take a full medical history and look at factors, such as your child’s overall health and development.
Your dental therapist may discuss with you and your child:
- teeth brushing techniques
- bite (how your child’s teeth will come together)
- 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
Parents play a very important role in making childrens dentist visits a positive and enjoyable experience. It is very important when you talk about the dentist that you use positive and child-friendly terms like “seeing the tooth fairy’s friend” or “going for a ride in the dental chair”.
The 5 don’ts of children’s dentistry visits
- don’t tell your child to be brave (they already are)
- don’t bribe your child
- don’t tell your child that it won’t hurt (or it will)
- don’t use the dentist as a deterrent or punishment
- don’t be anxious – if you are relaxed there is a greater chance of your child being relaxed
Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS)
Claiming children’s dental treatment on Medicare
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3.4 million children aged 2-17 years. Clifton Hill Dental provides services to eligible families and all services under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule are bulk billed through Medicare.
The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.
The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
Further information for families on the CDBS is available from the Department of Human Services Website or call reception today on (03) 94826263 so that we can assist in finding out if your child is eligible for the Schedule.
We look forward to welcoming you and your child to their next childrens dentist visit.