The Australian Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to the dentist should occur when their first tooth erupts or by 12 months of age, whichever is first. Thereafter, children should come to the dentist for a checkup every 6 months. Having early, regular checkups with the dentist is the best way for your child to get comfortable with visiting the dentist. This helps to prevent a fear of the dentist and means that if they do ever have to come in for dental work they are relaxed and the process is a lot smoother for you and your child. Regular checkups also help to prevent tooth decay and gum problems. If you are ever worried or notice a problem with your child’s teeth please book an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible. We offer the Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) to those eligible.
Having two young children himself, Dr Dave is compassionate and understanding when it comes to treating children’s dental needs.
When you come in for a checkup a few things we might discuss with you and your child are:
- Good oral hygiene
- Foods that are good for our teeth
- Brushing techniques
- Foods that are bad for our teeth
- Tooth decay and how to prevent it
- Protecting teeth from trauma
Aside from the usual treatments commonly associated with the dentist such as general checkups, teeth cleaning, fillings and fluoride treatments. We also offer custom fitted mouthguard’s which protect teeth and jaws from trauma during contact sports. Research has shown that poor fitting mouthguard’s are ineffective at protecting teeth when contact occurs to the face. Our mouthguard’s will be individually moulded to your child’s mouth in order to provide the perfect fit and superior protection. Contact trauma to the mouth can be difficult and expensive to treat. A properly fitted mouthguard from DNA Dental can last you years if looked after correctly and can help prevent sports injuries if worn correctly.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.