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Children’s Dentistry

Why You Need to Monitor your Child’s Dental Health from a Young Age

 

At Studfield Dental Group we take a holistic approach to your child’s overall health. Our fully trained and competent Dentists and Oral Health Therapists examine your child and provide dental treatment when necessary however our approach is to prevent problems from occurring at an early age. Preventative treatments include

  • Regular dental check-ups.
    • Aim to detect problems early to prevent restorations and extractions. Check-up appointments are can allow the clinician to detect breathing difficulties, tongue ties and speech problems at an early age and can be referred to a specialist for management.
  • Fluoride treatments
    • High strength fluoride is applied to your children’s teeth, it is important your child does not eat, rinse or drink for 30 minutes after this application.
  • Oral hygiene instructions
    • Improvements in brushing technique and flossing can be demonstrated. Studfield dental group utilises Oral B electric toothbrush simulators and tooth brush and models to instruct your child.
  • Dietary advice
    • Tips on how to reduce the intake of sugary foods and drink and information on how this impacts the dental health and overall health for your child.
  • X-rays
    • Aim to detect pathology at an early age or to monitor dental development and refer for management if required.
  • Fissure sealants
    • Deep fissures (biting surfaces) of molar teeth to prevent decay from forming. Deep fissure systems are near impossible to keep clean at home with regular brushing therefore by placing a sealant over the tooth a smooth surface is created and is less likely to become carious. Fissure sealants need to be monitored closely at regular check-up appointments.
  • Laser Dentistry
    • At SDG we use Fotona Lasers for many general and major dental procedures.These include restorations (fillings), pulpotomy/pulpectomy (root-canal procedures). Soft tissue procedures to correct soft tissue anomalies (lip- tie , tongue tie) , exposure of impacted teeth during orthodontic treatment. Laser can reduce the amount of anaesthetic required in general as it is a atraumatic approach to treatment. In some instances such as fillings, it can eliminate the need for local anaesthetic (no needles).

Children’s first teeth are just as important to take care of as adult teeth. Deciduous teeth enable your child to speak, chew and reserve space for permanent adult teeth to erupt in the correct position. Some helpful tips to ensure your child keeps their deciduous teeth healthy include:

  1. Brush twice daily for two minutes with age appropriate fluoridated toothpaste and a soft bristled brush. Children under 8 years of age should be supervised.
  2. Introduce flossing at an early age.
  3. Avoid sugary foods and drink
  4. Choose water to drink
  5. Eat a balanced diet
  6. Phase out bottle feeding by approximately 12 months of age.
  7. First dental visits should be at 1 year of age and regular visits every 6 to 12 months

Sometimes things don’t go quite as planned and your child may have insufficient space for adult teeth or misaligned jaw development. If this is the case your child may require early orthodontic intervention. At Studfield dental group we utilise removable and fixed orthodontic appliances to correct malocclusions and create space for permanent dentition. Free no obligation orthodontic consultations can be arranged for your child as young as 6 years.

Child Dental Benefit Scheme

If eligible The Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) helps your child receives dental care from a young age. Children between the age of 2-17 years old are eligible for up to $1000 in Medicare assistance for dental care. Some of the dental services covered include examinations, X-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. You can find out more about the CDBS and how to apply here.

Contact Us to Find Out More About Your Child’s Dental Health

To book a check-up for your child or to find out our children’s dentistry options, call us on (03) 9887 0888 or book an appointment online today.