At Alphington Dental Care we believe that children should visit the dentist from an early age. By introducing your child to the dental environment on a regular basis they will become familiar with our staff and feel comfortable having their teeth examined. Your child will enjoy “going for a ride” in the dental chair and taking “a prize” home with them. Tooth decay in children is a common problem but it can be prevented through diet and oral hygiene practices. We can help by providing advice for you and your family about how to keep your children’s teeth and gums healthy. We have seen that children who develop good habits from an early age have better lifetime outcomes for their oral health.
When teeth first erupt the chewing surfaces are highly susceptible to developing decay. As we grow older, enamel matures by absorbing minerals from the saliva. A well-proven method for reducing tooth decay during this early period is to place fissure sealants over the pits and grooves of the teeth where plaque tends to settle. This is a non-invasive procedure that will usually last for a few years before gradually wearing down as your child grows up. When we examine your child’s teeth we will assess whether this preventive measure is suitable.
The Child Dental Benefits Scheme
Medicare provides up to $1000 worth of dental care for eligible children. To take advantage of the scheme we will check your child’s eligibility with Medicare at their first appointment.