Special importance should be given when treating a child. We understand that bringing a child to see a dentist can be stressful for both the child and parents. From our experience, we believe that it is vital for a child to have pleasant dental experiences early in life as this will help promote good, healthy dental habits in future. Our dentists and dental therapists are well trained and experienced at managing children. For ALL extremely nervous and anxious patients, we have ‘happy gas’ to help reduce stress and anxiety.
Importance of Children’s Dentistry
Early childhood decay is one of the top chronic diseases affecting many Australian kids. Tooth decay in children is five times more recurrent than asthma and seven times more frequent than hay fever. In addition, pain caused by toothache keeps children distracted from school and other activities. That’s why it’s recommended that as early as one year old, your child should have their first visit to the dentist. Taking your child to your dentist at a young age is a great way to help them maintain healthy teeth and gums. Because children are often afraid of the dentist, their first encounter should leave them a positive and pleasant impression so that every visit is comfortable and stress-free.
Dental Care for Your Child
The main objective of children’s dentistry is to help your child develop good dental care habits at a young age, avoid oral health problems, and get comfortable with your dentist. Children’s dentistry services include:
- Check-up and treatment of existing oral heath problems
- Dental cleaning
- Tooth filling (for cavities)
- Fluoride treatment (if necessary)
- Tooth extraction
- Oral hygiene education
- Recommendations for healthy diet
During Dental Check-ups
During routine check-ups, the dentist will check any of your child’s teeth that have already erupted through the gum line. The jaw will also be evaluated, as well as the soft tissues in the mouth. This gives your dentist an opportunity to find any sign of cavities. The dentist will evaluate the bite as your child grows up. If there are any flaws in the bite, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to avoid more serious bite problems in the future.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule will continue in 2017
In the news: The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has applauded announcement by the Turnbull Government and its Health Minister, Greg Hunt, to reinstate the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) cap to $1,000. Click here to find out more
Quality Care for Your Child at Bendigo Smiles
When it comes to your child’s dental health, trust your dental care partners at Bendigo Smiles. Our gentle and friendly dentists handle your child’s oral and dental health with utmost care and comfort to help diminish their anxieties. Experience first-rate children’s dentistry for your young ones at Bendigo Smiles. We bulk bill for Child Dental Benefits Scheme. Call us on (03) 5441 6447 or book your appointment online today.