At Castlemaine Smiles Dentist, we understand that a child’s dental appointment can be stressful for child and parents alike.
Because dental care is so vital for children, the focus of our children’s dentistry is on giving children pleasant dental experiences from the very start, as this helps children to be comfortable coming to visit us and helps them develop good, healthy dental habits as they grow.
Our staff are expertly trained and experienced at managing children. We offer nitrous oxide (‘happy gas’) to help reduce stress and anxiety in ALL extremely nervous and anxious patients.
Importance of Children’s Dentistry
The need for children’s dentistry is increasingly important with tooth decay among children on the rise. More than half of all Australian 6 year olds have some decay in their baby and adult teeth. In fact, childhood tooth decay is five times more common than asthma and seven times more frequent than hay fever.
Toothache pain is another issue for children, as it can distract them from school and other activities. To avoid decay and toothache we recommend that your child should have their first visit to the dentist before the age of one year old.
Visiting the dentist at a young age is a great way to help children maintain healthy teeth and gums. To alleviate potential fear of the dentist, a child’s first encounter should leave them a positive and pleasant impression so that following visits are comfortable and stress-free.
The primary goal of children’s dentistry is to ensure proper development of our children’s teeth. The successful transition between baby teeth to permanent teeth is also on top of our list.
At Castlemaine Smiles Dentist, we help parents and children deal with the following:
- Realignment of crooked teeth
- Providing proper care and treatment of sore teeth
- Reducing, repairing or dealing with tooth decay
- Replacing metal fillings
- Dealing with tartar buildup before it becomes a major problem
Routine Check-ups for Children
During check-ups, your dentist checks any of your child’s teeth that have erupted through the gum line. This gives your dentist an opportunity to find any sign of cavities. The jaw is also evaluated, as well as the soft tissues in the mouth.
As your child grows up, your dentist will also evaluate your child’s bite. If there are any issues with the bite, orthodontic treatment may be required to head off the future development of more serious bite problems.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule will continue in 2017
In the news:
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has applauded announcement by the Turnbull Government and its Health Minister, Greg Hunt, to reinstate the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) cap to $1,000.
Children’s Dentistry at Castlemaine Smiles Dentist
At Castlemaine Smiles Dentist, we make sure your child has a positive experience every time they visit. We strive to make the experience fun, in order to encourage them to return.
We provide a safe environment for your children. We also make sure they leave with a better understanding of why it is important for them to take good care of their teeth.
We provide information on proper teeth care and maintenance, including brushing and flossing, to both children and parents alike.
Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you.
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