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Children as young as two can have their first visit to the dentist for an oral health assessment.  We know that there can be some nervousness or fears, but at 7 Pearls Dental Newcastle, we are a family Dentist and work hard to make the visit a comfortable experience.

On the first visit

Your child will meet our Dentist and team and get to use, and in turn get used to our comfortable chair.  This consultation will often just involve a visual inspection, making sure there’s nothing wrong or unusual with the child’s teeth and gums. We will also count the child’s teeth using a dental mirror, a fun game which usually fascinates the patient!

Along with an oral examination, we will assess the child’s growth and development and will also identify any risk of dental decay, as well as educating both the child, and parent, on brushing techniques and the importance of a healthy nutrition and diet on teeth.

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What happens next?

As the child gets older, we may decide to take a radiograph (X-ray).  As we use the latest in digital radiograph technology, they utilise much lower levels of radiation than traditional radiographs, making them a safer option for all ages. While we can see everything on the outside of the child’s teeth, a radiograph reveals what is between the teeth and under the gum line.  Not only can they show us any signs of cavities, radiographs can also show the number, position, and size of any teeth under the gums. Should there be any crowding, this indicates an early sign of possible future orthodontic treatments.

Preparation tips:

Kids easily pick up on anxiety in their parents, so we will assist you in keeping it light-hearted to allay their fears.  Should the child have any concerns, it is important to explain that dental visits are regular occurrence for everyone to help keep people healthy.  We want to keep it rather matter-of-fact without using any negative connotations or words such as ‘drill’, ‘pain’ or ‘needle’.

Earlier appointments are generally best for children as they are often exhausted after a busy day at day care, pre-school or school.

How can children keep their teeth healthy?

Being told by a dentist and by you that it’s important to brush their teeth twice a day is important, but a little hands-on help can improve their technique. Usually children need a parent’s help to brush and floss until they are roughly seven or eight years of age.

The key is to teach your child how to brush with a small, circular action while keeping the brush angled at 45 degrees towards the gumline.  Although tricky, children should start flossing once their teeth are touching- which usually occurs around the ages of two and three. Kids love a good routine so try to have teeth cleaning take place at the same time each day - for example after breakfast, and just before bed.

Also ensure your child has a variety of nutritious foods, particularly fruit and vegetables, and mainly drinks tap water, followed by milk. Try to avoid sugary or highly processed foods, and sugary drinks like juice or fizzy soda.

What’s the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?

In Australia, children aged between two and 18 years may have access to a means-test basic dental care through the public system, all 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 two consecutive calendar years. Children won’t even have to be on a waiting list – the young patient will be given the next available appointment.

Here at 7 Pearls Dental, we offer Nitrous sedation for children who may still be anxious about treatment.

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Our dentists explain clearly to you the issues you have after thorough diagnosis and examination, the treatments required, the options available and the pros and cons of each option.

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