We place a great amount of importance on ensuring your children’s teeth are looked after in a friendly and comfortable environment. After all, healthy young teeth can mean healthy teeth for life.
Our dentists at Whitehorse Dental in Blackburn will help your child learn about their teeth in a safe and welcoming way. A preventative care program is tailored to your child’s needs, so you and your family have all the information you’ll need to help protect their teeth all the way through to adulthood.
What age should I start taking my child to the dentist?
There is no strict rule as to when you should take your child to a dentist, but the earlier they come in, the sooner we can start to build good preventative habits to ensure they enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth. Often parents with young babies have questions such as, “how do I look after my baby’s teeth when they won’t sit still to let me brush them”, or, “my 12-month-old hasn’t grown any teeth yet. Is this normal?” The best way to receive individualised advice for your children is to bring them in for a check up.
What happens during the first visit?
It is important to familiarise children with the dental environment from an early age. Children who have regular preventative visits are less likely to have dental issues that may be costly to fix when they’re older. They are also much less likely to develop dental phobia.
During your child’s first visit, the dentist may:
- Do a comprehensive exam of their mouth.
- Ensure the teeth and surrounding jaw structures are developing correctly.
- Conduct a dietary analysis.
- Do a clean and polish.
- Apply fluoride in between their teeth to prevent cavities.
- Educate parents on appropriate brushing technique.
What if my child is terrified of the dentist?
It is common for very young children to feel anxious during their first visit. In these situations it’s important to remain positive and be patient. Our dentists are highly experienced with children and will work closely with you to help your child overcome any fears or anxiety. We take a gentle, caring and personalised approach while explaining the procedures to children in a friendly manner that is easily understood. Over time, we see children develop more confidence as they build trust with their dentist and become more comfortable with the clinic environment.
Prior to the appointment, we advise parents to treat it as an ordinary event, rather than making a big deal of it. For parents with their own dental anxiety, it is also important to not let your own fears and phobias affect your child.
For very young children, we may sometimes perform their examination while they are sitting in their parent’s lap. This will allow them to be slowly introduced to the dental surroundings.
Bulk billing for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
Whitehorse Dental enthusiastically supports the CBDS program, as good habits formed during childhood are likely to benefit children for life. We have elected to bulk bill under this schedule so eligible families will incur no out-of-pocket costs.
The CDBS provides eligible children between the ages of two and 17 with $1,000 in benefits for basic dental services over two years.
Services that can be received include examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealants, fillings, root canal treatments, extractions and partial dentures. Many services have claiming restrictions. There are no benefits for orthodontics or cosmetic dental work and you cannot receive benefits for any services provided in a hospital.
Please let us know if your child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule when you book an appointment.