Encouraging kids to enjoy trips to the dentist takes more than having a TV playing children’s programs. Here are the top ten ways your National Dental Care practitioner helps your child look forward to a trip to the dentist.
What is kids’ dentistry?
Children’s dentistry is an area of dental care focused on your child’s developing mouth. Our oral health therapists are here to advise you and your family on dental issues, from teething babies and toddler teeth all the way to teenage full-mouth development.
Importantly, kids’ dentists can spot problems early and before they become expensive and painful.
Tip 1. We make it all about the kids
Our dental surgeries are specially designed to appeal to children. Our goal is to make the dentist visit less daunting and we have:
- brightly-decorated kids’ rooms
- toys and books to teach them about good dental health
- DVDs and games to occupy them in the waiting room
Tip 2. We give them a great start
Our oral health therapists are focused on teaching children the importance of establishing and maintaining good dental and oral health, all the way to adulthood.
Best of all, these visits help to set your child up for optimal health for life.
3. We make learning about oral hygiene fun
Oral-health awareness is the foundation for good dental health – we know all the tips and tricks to make it fun for kids.
We provide fun, educational and engaging learning tools such as:
4. Our dentists are trained in kids’ dentistry
In addition to general dental training, many of our dentists, hygienists and oral health therapists train for an extra two to three years in the specialist area of dental and oral healthcare of children.
Unlike general practice dentists, some of our oral health therapists are specially qualified to meet the needs of children and young people.
5. Some of our providers belong to the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry
This means we’re committed to the study and advancement of paediatric dentistry and the promotion and education of the unique needs of children.
6. We focus on treatment and prevention
Good oral hygiene for children includes treatment and prevention. The top three procedures for kids are:
- scale and clean to gently remove decay and maintain teeth and gum health
- fissure sealants , which are thin plastic covers used to protect vulnerable surfaces from early tooth decay
- fluoride applications to help minimise decay and gum disease
7. We monitor potential orthodontic needs
A key benefit of children’s dentistry is the correction of developmental abnormalities at an early age. This can help shorten treatment time by managing potential problems and irregularities (like teeth crowding) before adulthood.
8. We promote the Child Dental Benefits Schedule
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around three million Australian children aged between two and 17 years.
The total benefit is capped at $1,000 per child over a two-calendar-year period. It’s means tested and requires you to be receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or another relevant Australian Government payment.
The CDBS provides benefits for a range of services including:
- fissure sealing
- root canals and extractions
Benefits aren’t available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and aren’t payable for any services provided in a hospital. You can learn more by visiting the Australian Government Health Department.
9. Kids’ dentistry builds healthy habits
At National Dental Care, we focus on education to build healthy habits from the start. Some of the tips include:
- weaning off bottles by the time children are 12 months old
- encouraging water and plain milk instead of cordial, juices and flavoured milks
- consuming dairy for snacks
- limiting sweets and treats
- twice-daily brushing
- flossing (with children under eight being assisted by a parent)
10. Our staff really care
Our staff are friendly and engaging with kids, and are trained to help manage any paediatric dental anxiety your child may feel.
We appreciate that as many as 19.5 per cent of school-age children are afraid of dentists, and we do everything we can to lesson that fear and make a trip to the dentist a positive experience.
Our staff provide children with:
- relaxation and distraction techniques
- positive reinforcement
All these tools help ease any anxiety, so your child gets the best treatment available. Book your National Dental Care practitioner online now.