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Children’s Dentistry

About Children’s Dentistry

It is important children start their dental health early in life to avoid future problems and any anxiety associated with a trip to the dentist. Empire Bay Dental understands little teeth and how important they are to parents, and we believe it is important to build confidence and good habits in a safe and positive environment. Our Dental Hygienists are specially trained to provide services that will ensure that your child is better equipped to prevent any problems from arising. Some of these preventative procedures may include:

Fluoride

Tooth enamel is made more resistant to decay when fluoride is applied directly. Fluoride is a mineral like calcium and when it is applied to the tooth surface, the enamel will start to strengthen and any weak areas will be ‘remineralised’. A fluoride treatment is especially effective on newly erupting permanent teeth and as a regular remineralisation procedure.

Examinations

Regular dental examinations, better known as ‘check-ups’, are especially important for young patients. The dentition need to be closely monitored to ensure that the teeth are developing and erupting properly. In addition, this is a time when tooth decay can lead to rapid tooth destruction and it is crucial this be examined and monitored.

Fissure Sealants

Fissure sealants are protective coatings that are applied to the deep pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of back molar teeth, which is the most common tooth area where tooth decay occurs. They are an effective way to prevent tooth decay, even if your child brushes and flosses carefully as it is difficult and sometimes impossible to clean the tiny grooves and pits on the teeth. Food and bacteria build up in these depressions making decay inevitable in some cases. The application of a sealant is quick and painless. The material we use for this process allows fluoride to permeate through.

Custom Fitted Mouthguards

Mouthguards are an essential form of prevention that help to protect the teeth, gums and tissues from injury during contact sport. A mouthguard works by spreading and absorbing impact to reduce the load from any one particular area. There are many types of mouthguards available on the market such as stock standard and boil and bite however nothing beats the protection of a custom fitted mouthguard. At Empire Bay Dental we offer our custom mouthguards for $99 or No Gap payment if you are in a health fund.

Dietary Advice

A healthy diet is essential for healthy teeth. The bacteria which cause food decay are fed by carbohydrates, especially sugar. Soft drinks and sports drinks contain acid as well as sugar. It is the acid that causes the enamel to become weak and brittle and eventually breakdown. Our Dental Hygienists will provide expert dietary analysis and advice to help improve your child’s dental health. Ask our staff about your child’s first visit or how we can help with their ongoing dental health.

Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS)

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides basic dental services to children aged between 2 and 17 years. Dental services are capped at $1000 over 2 consecutive calendar years. The 2 year cap period starts when a child or teenager first gets an eligible dental service.

Dental services include:

  • examinations
  • X-rays
  • cleaning
  • fissure sealing
  • fillings
  • root canals
  • extractions, and
  • partial dentures

The CDBS doesn’t cover orthodontic, cosmetic dental work, or dental services provided in hospital.

If your child is eligible for this scheme, they can expect no out of pocket expense for the above mentioned services. Please phone our friendly reception staff to assist you in determining your eligibility.

Find out more here.

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Sealants