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Childrens Dental Care

Childrens Dental Health

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At Plainland Dental, we aim to help teach you the best strategies to keep your families teeth healthy. It's always important to remember that prevention is better than a cure, and with this in mind we have a strong focus on preventative advice during our regular six monthly checkups. Using the latest in digital dental technology, your family will be shown exactly what they are doing right, or wrong, and where they need to make some changes.

To ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles, it's important to introduce your children to professional dental care from an early age, even as young as 2 or 3. Regular checkups from this age will allow them to feel comfortable in the chair, and help establish a friendly relationship with the dentist and dental nurse.

Dental Care for Kids

Children need to brush twice a day using a small, soft toothbrush with a pea sized amount of toothpaste. From about three years of age, they should be encouraged to do some of the tooth brushing themselves under supervision so that they develop these skills. Adult assistance in teeth cleaning is important until they are at least 6 or 7 years old. Children should be encouraged to eat nutritious healthy snacks and limit sweet sugary foods, especially between meals. Drinking water rather than sugary drinks when thirsty is also highly recommended.

  • child-brushing-teethA few things you may not know about dental care for children:
  • Baby teeth (primary teeth) are important for both learning to speak and establishing a healthy diet. 
  • These teeth also keep the correct spaces for the permanent (adult) teeth to move into later on.

Prolonged thumb sucking habits can cause the front teeth a surrounding bone to be pushed out of shape. If the habit continues into primary school then it can cause developmental abnormalities in the future. Some form of intervention for thumb sucking is recommended.



Fissure sealants

For some children, we may recommend fissure sealants. Fissure sealants are used to prevent decay in the deep grooves of your back teeth. Sometimes these fissures can be so narrow not even a toothbrush bristle can get in to clean it properly. Fissure sealants are a preventative treatment and are quick and painless. 

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Kids and the dentist

If your child is nervous about visiting the dentist then it is important that we all work together to make it a pleasant experience. We like to start with simple things on their first visit, which is why it is so important to bring your children to the dentist for a routine check-up before problems arise.

It is important not to convey any reason for far about the dentist with your children in order to make them as comfortable as possible - once they arrive our friendly staff will do their best to put them at ease.

If you have any other questions about dental care for your children then please contact our surgery.

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Our special treasure chest for the children to pick a present out of at the end of treatment

Child Dental Benefit Scheme Through Medicare

As of January 1st 2014, eligible children aged 2-17 will receive a letter confirming their eligibility. This enables them to access free dental treatment up to $1000 over two-year period.

Eligibility

A child’s eligibility is assessed at the beginning of each year, and lasts for the whole calendar year. A child is eligible if:

  • They are aged 2-17 years for at least one day of that year
  • Are eligible for Medicare
  • Are either part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A or one of the following Australian Government payments:
    • Youth Allowance
    • ABStudy
    • Disability Support Pension
    • Parenting Payment
    • Special Benefit
    • Carer Payment
    • Double Orphan Pension
    • Veteran’s Children Education Scheme (aged 16 or over)
    • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (aged 16 or over)

If you have received a letter for your child confirming their eligibility then you are welcomed to book an your appointment at Plainland Dental. Please bring your Medicare card to the appointment, and for more information head to:

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule

 

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