At Alphington Dental Care we believe that children should visit the dentist from an early age. We want to foster positive associations so that your child will be familiar and comfortable visiting the clinic. Tooth decay in children is a common problem but it can be prevented through diet and oral hygiene practices. Our staff can help by providing advice for you and your family about how to keep your children’s teeth healthy. We have seen that children who develop good habits from an early age have better lifetime outcomes for their oral health.
At Alphington Dental Care we encourage children to play and explore during their visit. Your child will enjoy “going for a ride” in the dental chair and taking “a prize” home with them. We also have plenty of toys, colouring sheets and books available so you are welcome to bring along their siblings. Every positive experience helps to make the process of visiting the dentist easier for everyone.
When teeth first erupt the chewing surfaces are highly susceptible to developing decay. As we grow older the enamel matures by absorbing minerals from the saliva. A proven method for reducing tooth decay during this period is to place sealants over the deep grooves of the teeth. 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 (CDBS)
Medicare provides up to $1000 worth of dental care for eligible children. If you are unsure about your child’s eligibility we would be happy to check with Medicare during their first visit. Please discuss the CDBS with our staff when you make an appointment.