Dentistry for Children in Meadowbank
Has your child felt anxious and worried every time a visit to the dentist is scheduled? It’s time we turn things around. Here at Putney Dental Care, we go the extra mile to make them feel right at home. Fun, friendly and attentive, our Meadowbank team does their best to take care of all your children’s dentistry needs.
Making each visit a comfortable and positive experience for kids is what we strive for. With our famous berry-flavoured mouth rinse, they’ll love coming back to get their teeth cleaned or have a cavity filled by one of our friendly dentists!
Child Dental Benefits Schedule
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a government initiative that aims to provide children with basic dental care. The scheme covers eligible children age 2-17 years old. It is capped at $1,000 per child every two calendar years.
The program offers basic dental coverage, which typically includes pediatric dental care services such as:
- Professional teeth cleaning
- Tooth extraction
- Fissure seals
- Root canals
At Putney Dental Care, we bulk bill for the CDBS. For those in Meadowbank, this means that you will not need to pay a gap or submit a claim.
Find out if your child is eligible, please click on this link: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/childdental
Oral Health Habits Your Kids Should Follow
Use Proper Tooth Brushing Technique
When kids are old enough to go to preschool or be dropped off at a daycare centre, it’s time to teach them correct tooth brushing techniques. This starts with squeezing out a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. The brush must be moved back and forth in a gentle motion, preferably in circular strokes. The front and back of the teeth should be covered. Advise them to avoid scrubbing hard along the gum line as this can lead to irritation. Finally, establish brushing times with your children. Ideally, you should brush your teeth at the end of every meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) but twice a day is a good enough start.
Brushing one’s teeth several times a day is not enough. At about 6 or 7 years old, you can introduce flossing. This form of dental cleaning typically comes after brushing, as it helps get rid off anything stuck between the teeth. There will always be bits and pieces of debris that your child’s toothbrush will miss, so this extra step makes a big difference. Furthermore, flossing helps polish teeth and prevents bad breath
Reduce Sugar Intake
It’s true. The presence of sugar in one’s mouth encourages the development of tooth decay. This has been proven time and time again in our children’s dentistry practice. Additionally, how often your child eats is equally as significant as what they eat. Only a few people are aware that continuous snacking throughout the day actually increases the risk for tooth decay. Upon consumption of sugary foods, a minimum of 30 minutes is required for saliva to neutralise the acids brought about by decay-producing bacteria.