At Maidstone Dental Clinic, we love making kids’ first experience at the dentist enjoyable and fun. Having young children ourselves, we understand that your kids may feel a little apprehensive.
So we take the time to get down on their level, explain things simply, make them feel relaxed, and have a good giggle along the way!
We care about preventing any problems before they begin.
Caring for your teeth and gums every day means that you’re also taking care of your dental hygiene and preventing decay and gum disease. This is only possible, however, if you’re taking care of your dental health correctly.
There are several ways that you can do this:
A thin layer of coating that covers the grooves of the back teeth, which are often missed by young children when brushing and more prone to decay. Fissure sealant is an excellent preventative measure.
THE WAND STA SYSTEM
Sometimes injections are needed – for example, with extractions or large fillings. Naturally, children can be very fearful of injections. That’s why we invested in The Wand (a much more comfortable alternative to traditional syringes), ensuring our young patients are comfortable and enjoy happy, tear-free appointments. Of course, this is a relief for Mum and Dad too!
Giving your child the gift of a perfect smile is priceless. Not only does a straight smile improve self-esteem, but straight teeth are also easier to keep clean and less prone to decay and other gum diseases. We can determine if your child needs braces and what kind of treatment is required.
The latest in dental innovation, Myobrace is a three-stage appliance system designed specifically to correct poor oral habits while guiding normal development of the upper and lower jaw.
CHILD DENTAL BENEFIT SCHEME
Maidstone Dental Clinic participates in the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule for eligible children aged 2-17 years. You can gain a benefit entitlement of up to $1000 per child over a two-calendar-year period.
First, you need to check your child’s eligibility with Medicare and if they are eligible, inform us that you want the treatment done under the scheme before treatment commences. These benefits can cover the cost of examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals, and extractions for your child. For more information, visit this page or contact us.
How to prevent infant tooth decay
The best drinks for babies are breastmilk, formula or water. As soon as your baby’s teeth appear, clean them with gauze or a soft face washer, wrapped around your fingers or brush them with a child-sized, soft toothbrush. If using a dummy, avoid using any flavouring on the dummy and never clean a dummy in your own mouth or you risk transferring bacteria from your mouth to your baby’s mouth. Introduce a cup from about 6 months of age and try to cease bottle use from 12 months.
How to clean your child’s teeth
Always try to clean your child’s teeth twice a day, after meals and before bed. From 12 months of age, you can start brushing your child’s teeth with a soft toothbrush designed for children using tap water only or a non-fluoride toothpaste.
From 18 months to 6 years you can start brushing your child’s teeth with low fluoride toothpaste designed for children, using a pea-sized amount.
Parents will need to assist children to brush up until the age of 6 or 7.
Signs your child is teething
Some babies or toddlers may experience symptoms such as:
All of these symptoms are relatively normal for children who are just growing their teeth. You can ease their pain and irritability with rusks or teething rings and rubbing the gums with a small amount of suitable teething gel to ease the pain.
Your child will begin to lose baby teeth from about the age of 5 or 6. Children will lose their incisors first, followed by their back teeth.
If you need to make an appointment for your child, please call our friendly staff on 9317 5636.
Preventing tooth decay in children
At Maidstone Dental Clinic we care about preventive dentistry. Preventing tooth decay and the need for fillings is our priority, particularly when it comes to children’s dental health. Applying fissure sealants to children’s teeth beginning from the age of 6 can prevent cavities forming in baby teeth which can then lead to further issues as their adult teeth grow.
What are fissure sealants?
Fissure sealants are a thin plastic coating that is applied to the grooves of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay.
Most tooth decay in children and teenagers occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
When children are young and are just learning to brush their teeth, they can quite often miss these areas at the back of their mouth as they are difficult to reach. By preventing food and germs in these areas, it is avoiding the problem of early tooth decay and dental hygiene issues.
For further information about fissure sealants, please call 9317 5636 to make an appointment.
Often used in preparation for fixed braces, removable appliances gently alter the growth of your child’s jaw so the jaw and surrounding muscles are ideally positional for optimal oral health and appearance. In some cases, removable appliances can eliminate the need for additional orthodontic intervention.
Traditional metal braces are still the most popular treatment for children and even adults. They’re cheaper and less prone to expensive breakages – providing a good option for teenagers who want to keep eating everything while having braces! The good news is modern brackets are much smaller and more comfortable than they used to be. New flexible Ni-Ti archwires also help move your teeth a lot more gently and effectively than in the past.
An innovative modern advancement, Myobrace treatment uses a variety of appliances which correct habits that cause poor dental development, plus provide light forces to straighten the teeth into the correct position. Used for children from 4-12 years old, Myobrace does not involve wearing traditional braces or dental appliances 24 hours a day. Instead, your children wear their Myobrace appliance for 1-2 hours each day and overnight while sleeping, and complete a series of Myofunctional exercises each day.
Maidstone Dental Clinic participates in the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule for eligible children aged 2-17 years.
The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two-calendar year period. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is means-tested and provides individual benefits for a range of services. Rebate services include diagnostic, preventative, endodontic and restorative services.