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How Regularly Should Kids go to The Dentist?

05 Dec 2021  |  No Comments
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Everything You Need to Know About Paediatric Dentistry in Australia

As your little one grows and you keep up with keeping them healthy, one of the most important appointments you can make is your child’s first dental appointment. Ensuring proper oral hygiene from the moment their first tooth appears sets them up for a healthier smile throughout their lifetime.

If you have an infant or child and you’re looking for more information on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule in Australia, wondering at what age should a child go to the dentist for the first time, how often should you go to the dentist, and researching how to maintain their oral health at home, we have the answers! Sydney’s top dentists at Marsfield Dental Care answer all your burning questions about paediatric dentistry.

What Age Should a Child Go to the Dentist for the First Time?

Children should visit the dentist when their first tooth comes in or by age 1. Although baby teeth will fall out, it’s critical to check them for signs of deeper oral health issues that could affect permanent teeth.

How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

After your child’s initial dental exam, you should schedule dental appointments every six months. Routine appointments are vital to maintaining your child’s oral health well into adulthood. During these paediatric dentist appointments, we’ll look for early signs of tooth decay and take preventative action, if necessary, to prevent it from spreading and turning into a serious issue later.

Signs of Tooth Decay in Children

In conjunction with regular dental appointments, you have a responsibility to care for your child’s teeth at home and teach them proper oral hygiene habits. Show your child how to brush their teeth and keep an eye out for early signs of tooth decay should you need to schedule an appointment. These include:

  • Teeth and gum sensitivity
  • Persistent toothaches
  • Stains on the surfaces of the teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss

When Does a Child Need Dental Sealants?

When a child’s molars start erupting around age 6 and 12, is a perfect time to ask your dentist about dental sealants. Molars have uneven surfaces which trap food and bacteria, even with an impeccable oral hygiene routine. Dental sealants provide a protective cover over the molars to prevent food and bacteria from getting stuck and wearing away at the enamel. The sooner your child gets sealants, the more protected they are from tooth decay, so talk to your dentist as soon as you see molars appear!

Child Dental Benefits Schedule in Australia

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a program for children ages 0-17 in Australia. It provides $1,026 in dental benefits to eligible children over 2 years for basic, preventative dentistry services. You can learn more about these benefits and how to use them for your child’s appointments at Marsfield Dental Care on our website or by calling us on 02 9877 1961.

To schedule a dental appointment for your child with Marsfield Dental Care in Sydney, call us on 02 9887 1961 or click the button below.

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COVID 19 Update - Oct 2021

 All our members of staff - Dentists and supporting assistants - are fully vaccinated. We are a COVID-safe practice and we are open for all general dental treatment needs and services.