We understand it can be difficult to get children to visit the dentist, however our team is experienced in children’s dentistry. We make dentistry fun and educational for children, by offering a caring and exciting environment.
When should my child first see the dentist?
It’s important to bring your child to the dentist after their first tooth erupts through and before the age of two. You should bring your child to the dentist every six months, as it’s the recommended frequency for all ages.
Keeping baby teeth healthy and clean is important as they are responsible for getting the jaw ready for adult teeth and also help with speech and chewing abilities.
The benefits of children’s dentistry
- Detect dental issues before they worsen
- Prevent baby tooth decay
- Children’s fluoride treatments
- Detection of orthodontic problems early
- Children learn to feel comfortable at the dentist
Tips to prepare your child for their dental appointment
As a parent there are many important steps to do in order to ready your child for their first dental appointment. This includes the following:
- Never mention any negative feelings about the dentist
- Never mention dental pain or fear
- Read your child story books or puzzles about dentistry
- Tell them why it’s important to maintain a healthy smile
- Bring them along for your dental check-up
- Make sure to book an early dental appointment, as your child is more alert and not tired
- Arrive at the dentist early to allow your child to settle into the new environment
- Mention the dentist frequently to your child prior to the appointment
Have you heard about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)?
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) helps to assist with basic dental treatments over two years for eligible children. Eligible children are between 2-17 years of age and is applicable for Medicare to receive the Family Tax Part A of another relevant Australian Government payment.
Please speak to our team at van der Walt Dental or visit the CDBS page for more information.
Children’s dentistry in Bundaberg
Bring your child along for a dental appointment at van der Walt Dental as we love taking care of the little smiles and ensuring they grow up with a healthy, happy smile. Your child’s dental health is important to us, so book in for an appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the most common dental problems in children?
The most common dental problems in children can vary, but here are some of the typical issues:
● Tooth decay: This occurs when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that damage tooth enamel, leading to cavities.
● Gum disease: Gingivitis causes red, swollen, and tender gums. If untreated, it can progress to periodontitis.
● Malocclusion: Misalignment of teeth when the jaws close together, including crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite.
● Tooth trauma: Injuries like fractures, chipped teeth, or knocked-out teeth due to falls or accidents.
● Thumb sucking and pacifier use: Prolonged use can lead to misalignment and jaw development issues.
● Tooth grinding (bruxism): The habit of grinding or clenching teeth, which can cause enamel wear, sensitivity, and jaw pain.
● Dental fluorosis: Excessive fluoride intake during tooth development leads to white spots or streaks on the teeth.
Preventive measures like regular dental check-ups, proper oral hygiene practices (brushing and flossing), a balanced diet, and avoiding excessive sugar consumption can help reduce the risk of these dental problems in children.
What age should a child first start going to the dentist?
In Australia, the general recommendation is for a child to have their first dental visit by the age of one or within six months after their first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. This advice is in line with the recommendations of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and the Australian Society of Paediatric Dentistry (ASPD).
The purpose of this initial visit is to establish a dental home for the child and allow the dentist to monitor their oral health and development from an early age. The dentist can provide guidance on proper oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, tailored to the child’s specific needs.
By starting dental visits early, the child becomes familiar with the dental environment and the dental team, which helps to alleviate any anxiety and build a positive attitude towards dental care. Early visits also enable the dentist to identify and address any potential dental issues or concerns promptly.
It’s important to note that individual circumstances may vary, and some children may require dental visits earlier based on their specific oral health needs. It’s recommended to consult with a paediatric dentist or your child’s healthcare provider to determine the appropriate time for their first dental visit in Australia.
What happens at your child’s first dentist appointment?
At your child’s first dentist appointment, several important things typically happen. Here’s an overview of what to expect:
1. Introduce themselves and discuss your child’s oral health history.
2. Examine your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw.
3. Clean their teeth and provide oral hygiene instructions.
4. Assess their risk for dental issues and discuss preventive measures.
5. Address any questions or concerns you have.
6. Schedule future appointments as needed.
Throughout the appointment, the dental team will prioritise creating a positive and comfortable experience for your child, using child-friendly language and techniques to help them feel at ease. The goal is to establish a positive dental relationship and promote good oral health habits from an early age.