The Importance Of Early
Dental Check Up For Children

The health of the child’s primary teeth affects their adult or permanent teeth. Parents can help and encourage their children to develop good oral hygiene practices, receive preventative dental care, and make healthy eating choices.

The appointment or checkup will get more thorough as the child grows older. Initially, the dental visit will begin with dental cleaning and instructions on how to care for the child’s teeth at home. These visits enable us to collect important dental and medical information and create a treatment plan tailored to the child’s needs. It is also important for us to establish a rapport and understanding with the child and the parents for better appointments in the future.

Why Choose
Ashburton Dental Centre As Your Children Dentist?

As your Gosnells children’s dentist, we will work closely with you and your child to establish good oral health and treat any dental concerns with prompt and care. Our clinic offers quality oral care with the use of advanced technology and equipment.

We understand the importance of establishing a healthy relationship with our patients, especially among children. Hence, we keep it fun and informative when it comes to most procedures; we try to play with the child using a dental mirror or dental model while talking about their favourite foods and oral hygiene. A fun experience within the clinic is necessary to avoid anxiety and nervousness during visits.

In cases requiring complex care, our family dentist consults with local specialists. We’ll refer your child to an expert if they need more than basic fillings or a treatment that requires more in-depth expertise.

FAQ's About Children Dentistry in Gosnells

Regular check-ups and dental cleanings allow us to detect cavities and other dental problems—our oral health professionals like working with children and help them improve their dental hygiene practices.

  • Fissures Sealants

Dental sealants are protective coverings that keep bacteria and food debris out of the deep pits and fissures of the back teeth. As a result, the smoother, shallower surface is easier to clean with a toothbrush, lowering the risk of cavities or tooth decay.

Sealants are applied in a matter of a few minutes and do not require numbing. We prescribe them for newly erupted adult molars, which normally appear between the ages of 6 and 12.

  • Oral hygiene instruction

Brushing and flossing properly begins with selecting the appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste for the child. Brushing twice a day and flossing every day are crucial steps in plaque removal and cavity prevention. For greater efficacy, our family dentist recommends using an electric toothbrush. Powered brushes are more appealing to children because they look like a toy, and they are also more effective at plaque removal.

  • Orthodontics

The type of condition that the child has or may develop and the child’s stage of dental development affect the timing for orthodontic treatment. Some patients may only need tooth movement, but others may require assistance in controlling the growth of their jaws or correcting a sucking habit or improper swallowing pattern that can reshape the bone.

The first visit is crucial for establishing rapport with your child. We will begin with going over with your kid about their diet, favourite food, and how to brush their teeth properly in a fun and light way.

Your baby may sit directly in the dental chair or your lap, depending on how comfortable they are. The dentist will examine their jaw, teeth, and gums to ensure proper development, caries, and absence of other problems. The dentist will clean your child’s teeth and teach you and your child how to care for their teeth and gums properly. The dentist can address any questions you have at the end of the appointment, from pacifier use to the best diet for healthy teeth.

Setting positive expectations for your child and having a positive experience during the first dental visit at a young age can help encourage children to develop lifetime oral hygiene practices. By taking the time to prepare for your kid’s first dental visit and following the necessary steps, you can help your kid to enjoy the dental checkup and be less apprehensive to the future visits.

The total cost of a child’s dental visit may vary depending on the clinic’s location, the inclusion of the assessment or any additional necessary treatment. According to the Australian Dental Association survey, the average total cost of early assessment for young patients is $166.72. This only includes the consultation, diagnostic model, and photographic records (intraoral).

  • Consultation: $65.42
  • Diagnostic model (per model): $64.65
  • Photographic records (intraoral): $36.65

If you prefer to use a health fund to cover the expense, you can inform our clinic upon setting up an appointment or at the reception that you would like to use the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). It is a Medicare program that provides each qualifying child with up to $1,000 in dental benefits for two calendar years. It is intended for families who currently get other benefits, such as Family Tax Benefit A payments. CDBS can cover the following dental services:

This program is eligible for:

  • Children that are eligible for Medicare.
  • If your child’s age is between the ages of 2 and 17 on at least one day that year.
  • You or your child get an approved payment at least once that year.

For more information regarding CDBS, you can visit their website.

Your role is vital for your child’s development. You can help them establish good oral hygiene habits to maintain a healthy mouth and teeth!

For babies:

  • Wipe gums with a soft, clean cloth twice a day, after the first feeding and prior to bedtime, to remove bacteria and sugars that can form cavities.
  • Begin brushing twice a day with a soft, small-bristled toothbrush and plain water as soon as your child’s teeth appear. If your child is younger than two years old, consult with a dental health professional for toothpaste recommendations.
  • Visit the dentist as soon as the first tooth appears for preventive instructions and routine checkup.

For children:

  • Teach your child to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
  • request the dentist to apply dental sealants to your child’s teeth to prevent dental decay.
  • If your child is under the age of six, supervise them while they brush their teeth. Make sure they only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and spit it out rather than swallowing it. Help them develop proper brushing skills.
  • Minimise the sugar in your child’s diet. Too many candies or sugary drinks may increase the risk of cavities.
  • Set up a regular dental appointment for their routine checkups.

Dental professionals can offer excellent dental care to patients of all ages, but pediatric dentists possess a greater depth of knowledge and training in children’s dentistry. For a dental checkup, you can visit a family dentist or general dentist to examine your child’s oral health. For complex dental problems, we may need to refer your child to a specialist.

Book An Appointment With Our Gosnells Dental Team Today

We're located in the Ashburton Village Shopping Centre next to the Ashburton Primary School. If you have questions about getting the dental care you need, call or book online today!

(08) 9490-8777 Or   Book Online