This is a question we are commonly asked. The answer is you can bring your child in as early as 6 months. But we do advise that all children visit the dentist as soon as they turn two. This is because all their “deciduous” or baby teeth should have erupted by this age.
At Purity Dental, your child’s first visit will be easy, fun and pain-free.
Once your child meets our dentist and the team, We will give them the opportunity to get used to the dental chair and play with some of the instruments and equipment we will use during regular check-ups.
This first visit mainly involves an inspection of your child’s teeth to ensure nothing unusual is going on. We will also count your child’s teeth using a dental mirror and make it a fun game whilst doing so. If possible, the dentist will assess your child’s growth, identify if there are any dental cavities and go through any at-home hygiene routines. Your dentist will endeavour to make it a positive experience for both child and parents!
It is important to tell your child about their upcoming dental visit. Many children can easily pick up on anxiety in their parents. It is important to allay any fears they may have by explaining that dental visits are a regular occurrence for everyone to stay healthy.
Try not to use any negative words such as ‘pain’ or ‘needle’.
We find children are often tired after a day at child-care or pre-school, therefore it’s best to book a morning appointment. If you would like to speak to one of our dentists about your child’s first dental visit, please contact us on 9540 8900.
These are just a few dental problems that we can see in children:
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is available for eligible children between 2–18 years of age. It is a means of basic dental care funded by the government.
Basic dental services are capped at $1000 per child over two consecutive calendar years. Children are able to see participating in private dental practices rather than waiting on a waitlist in the public health system.
For more information about CDBS, please contact our office during business hours.
You can show your child how to properly brush their teeth using gentle, circular motions on all surfaces of the teeth. It’s also important to Introduce flossing at an early age- Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach.
Limit sugary snacks and drinks to your child’s diet. Overconsumption of sugar can be highly detrimental since oral bacteria thrive on sugar to produce acids that will erode your child’s tooth enamel.
Instead, you can encourage them to eat nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins that promote overall health and improve oral health.
Schedule regular visits with our children’s dentist, starting from the appearance of the first tooth or around their first birthday. Regular check-ups can catch any potential issues early and provide preventive care for your child.