Why does my child need to visit the dentist?
Even though baby teeth do fall out, and even though they are replaced with stronger, more permanent teeth, baby teeth are still important. These initial teeth help your child’s jaw get used to having teeth as well as being instrumental in the development of speech and chewing. A dentist can assess your child’s health and let you know the best way to take care of their oral health.
Looking after baby teeth before they erupt
Taking care of your child’s dental health starts before their first tooth has erupted. After feeding your child, wipe their gums with a damp cloth to keep them clean and free of bacteria. It is also advisable to not put them to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. When we sleep our mouths produce less saliva which means our teeth are more prone to decay.
When their teeth do start to come through, we recommend using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on a child’s toothbrush after each meal. The better care you take of your child’s baby teeth the better chance they have of healthy adult teeth coming through.
When to bring your child to the dentist
Conventional wisdom says 2 years of age is the best time for your child’s first proper check-up. By the age of two most of their baby teeth should have come through and your dentist can assess the health of their teeth, gums and jaws. You can also bring your child in before this to familiarise them with our dental practice, our team and the idea of visiting the dentist.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a dental benefits program for eligible children between the age of 2 and 17. It provides $700 over two years for basic dental services. The two years starts at the beginning of the calendar year, and there is no rollover. Meaning, if you have any of the $700 left after two years it is not carried over to the next two-year period.
The basic dental services covered by the Child Dental Benefits Schedule include:
- Fissure sealants
- Root canal therapy
- Partial dentures
The CDBS can’t be used for treatments such as cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics or services provided in a hospital. It is also important to note that the CDBS cannot be used in conjunction with private health cover: it must be one or the other.
If you would like to know more about children’s dentistry, or to book an appointment, contact Burleigh Waters Dental Care today.