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Dentistry for Children

When should I bring my child to the dentist?

Generally, children should first commence visiting the dentist when they are 3 years of age to become familiar with the dentist and dental surgery routine, as well as to ensure primary teeth are developing within the normal range and are in sound condition.

Also, it is essential that good dental hygiene is being maintained. The dentist will advise on correct brushing and flossing techniques and diet for your child.

Why should I bring my child to the dentist?

Regular visits are essential for monitoring children’s teeth. Please consult your dentist if you have any queries concerning your child’s teeth. Please do not wait until your child experiences toothache to visit the dentist for the first time.

What can I do at home?

As a parent you are the principal role model for your child’s dietary and oral hygiene habits, so it is vital that you create a healthy routine, set a good example and provide encouragement to maintain good oral health. Baby or primary teeth are very important and regular checks will monitor any defects or decay as well as assess the need for further intervention.

Child Dental Benefit Scheme

Kedron Dental Centre accepts the Child dental benefit scheme.

If your child is eligible you will receive a letter from Medicare going into detail about the amount that can be claimed – please bring this letter with you at your child’s appointment.

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Quick FAQ's

What are fissure seals?

Fissure seals are a plastic material used to coat the grooves or fissures on the top of teeth. It acts primarily to protect the teeth from decay as a barrier is formed to prevent plaque and bacteria from commencing the decay process.

Generally, it is applied on 6 and 12 year old molar teeth, depending on the decay risk of the child and their tooth anatomy.

The retention rate of fissure sealants is around 70-90 percent. Ask your dentist at Kedron Dental Centre about fissure sealants for your child.

Do children before the age of three need their teeth cleaned?

The first baby tooth will erupt between 6-9 months of age. It is important that a daily cleaning routine be established. A soft cloth can be used to gently rub the erupted teeth and gums. Parents should assist their child to clean their teeth up to the age of 10 to 11 years old to ensure that it is done properly.



When should I bring my child to the dentist for the first time?

It is recommended that your child attend their first dental visit six months after the first (primary) teeth have erupted, commonly around 3 years of age. The dentist will carefully examine the development of their mouth and detect any problems such as tooth decay, prolonged thumb-sucking etc. Early examination and preventative care will protect your child’s teeth and assist to establish good oral hygiene and correct brushing and flossing techniques.



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