Dental Care for your Children
Our aim at Contemporary Smiles is to make every visit enjoyable for your child and to build a relationship where the child is happy to attend the dentist well into adulthood.
Caring for children's teeth is important
At Contemporary Smiles a great deal of importance is placed on prevention, good oral hygiene and dietary habits from a young age. Good habits created in these formative years can prevent costly and uncomfortable dental problems well into adulthood. Establishing good oral habits early will go a long way, even beyond impressing the tooth fairy!
We recommend 6-monthly appointments to maintain optimum oral health from the age of 1; identifying and treating potential problems early on, while teaching children how to take care of their teeth will set them up for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Let’s work together in teaching your child proper oral hygiene and a healthy diet.
At Contemporary Smiles children are treated comprehensively and respectfully, examinations involve treating the child as a whole to monitor the development of the teeth, jaws and soft tissues. Primary teeth (baby teeth) help children speak clearly, chew food properly, hold space for the developing permanent teeth and set the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
The Australian Dental Association recommends custom mouthguards for children playing any contact sport, the benefit of custom mouthguards are that they fit well, are comfortable and allow the player to breathe and speak with ease.
“All of our dental teams are very gentle when seeing children, and ensure they are relaxed and comfortable before carefully examining the inside of their mouth.”
Visiting the dentist
Regular Dental Checkups: Regular dental check-ups are essential, and it’s recommended to start them from the age of 1 or within 6 months of the first tooth appearing.
Always make sure to make dental visits a positive experience, and avoid using them as a threat for not brushing teeth or other behaviours.
Corrective Treatments: It’s important to schedule an appointment with the dentist if you notice any misalignment of the teeth or jaw as your child’s adult teeth grow through. The dentist will provide guidance on whether corrective treatment is necessary.
When to seek further help: If your child experiences any of the following symptoms, it’s recommended to consult the dentist:
- Bleeding, redness, or swelling of the gums,
- Pus coming from the gums,
- Persistent bad taste in the mouth,
- Abscesses (which can be located under the teeth and can be extremely painful).
What is the cost?
Dental visits are essential for everyone, yet only around half of Australians go to the dentist annually. With tooth decay becoming more prevalent in Australia, it’s crucial to ensure that dental care is accessible and affordable for your child.
The Australian Government provides coverage for most children’s dental costs via Medicare. To determine eligibility, you can visit the Child Dental Benefits Schedule website.
Private health insurance can be utilized by some individuals to cover some or all of their dental expenses. However, even those with insurance may have to pay a portion of the fees out of pocket, which is referred to as the ‘gap payment.’ This amount represents the difference between the dental provider’s fees and the amount the insurer is willing to pay.
Please call us on (02) 4283 5995 if you have any questions about your child’s dental costs and who covers them.