At Meadowbank Dental, our dentist caters to patients of all ages. If your teenager or child is ready for a regular check-up, then please call our front desk on 02 8057 1086 to book an appointment. Our dentists are all qualified paediatric dentists who have trained to work with children’s teeth. We recommend you book your kids in for an appointment every six months to make sure their teeth and jaws are developing properly and to identify any concerns before they become serious.
Your Child's first visit
The initial appointment for children differs slightly depending on their age. Generally, your child meets the dentist and has an opportunity to get used to the dentist’s high-tech chair. This consultation mainly involve a visual inspection. X-rays may be taken at this visit if necessary, making sure there’s nothing unusual with the child’s teeth and gums. The dentist will also assess your child’s growth and development and identify any risk of dental decay.
Your child’s visit is often an interactive one. We will assess areas where your child misses brushing, highlight it to them and teach your child how to brush properly. Flossing techniques are often discussed and we educate your child on the importance of a healthy diet on teeth. We will also be using a special electric toothbrush with berry flavour toothpaste that kids love.
Tips for a child's dental health
The Australian Dental Association recommends that it is time for a dental visit when your baby’s first tooth becomes visible or they reach 12 months old – whichever comes first. The earlier your child visits the dentist the better. Prevention is better than a cure and early dental visits will help protect your child from tooth decay.
It is best if you refrain form using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill, or hurt. We will explain all procedures to children in terms they can understand by using pleasant and non-frightening words and demonstrate the equipment in a fun and imaginative way. Every possible effort will be made to make the visit psychologically pleasant. Please do not be upset if your child cries! Crying is normal reaction to fear. Children may be afraid of anything new and strange to them. Kindness is the greatest contribution for overcoming fear and it must be our united objective to eliminate dental fears. Each child is different and we will treat your child according to their individual needs and with input from you.
Commonwealth-funded Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
In Australia, children aged between 2 and 18 years may have access to means-tested basic dental care through the public system, as part of the Commonwealth-funded Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). To check if your child is eligible for the CDBS go to the Department of Human Services website.
Benefits for basic dental services, including examinations, X-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions are capped at $1000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years. There is no waiting list for these sessions, the young patient will be given the next available appointment or can be scheduled at a time suitable for you for more information, please call 132 150 or visit https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/
If you have questions before your visit please contact us on 02 8057 1086or using the form below