At Fernvale Dental, our great passion is helping kids establish a positive relationship with their teeth. There are so many dental issues that occur later in life, such as tooth decay and gum disease, that can be avoided if good habits are established early on. This is why it’s vital that your child is introduced to our friendly dentists from a young age.
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Creating a fun experience for your child at the dentist
Unfortunately, many of us feel nervous or anxious when we have to visit the dentist, and we put off appointments for as long as we can, to the detriment of our dental health. This is why we place such a high priority on creating a fun and positive experience for a child’s first trip to the dentist, so they don’t grow up fearing the dental chair.
One of the best ways to do this to schedule the child’s first trip to the dentist early in their development, before any problems with their teeth or gums arise. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children first see a dentist when baby teeth make their first appearance or when they reach the age of one – whichever comes first.
It’s important to introduce your child to the dentist with a routine check-up; this allows us to deal with the simple things on their first visit. We get to spend this initial appointment establishing a relationship based on trust and positivity and familiarising them with dentistry in a fun and playful manner.
They even get to play with the controls and go for a ride in the dental chair! They can also choose a present from the treasure chest when the appointment is over. It’s all about making them feel calm and relaxed and building a friendly relationship with the dentist and their assistant.
Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme
Under the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme, children between the ages of two and 17 are entitled to $1000 in free dental benefits over two calendar years. At Fernvale Dental, we have chosen to bulk bill those who are eligible under the scheme so that there aren’t any out-of-pocket expenses up to the $1000 limit.
Children’s Dental Emergencies
Kids are active and always on the go. Accidents can and will happen, and occasionally a tooth can get chipped or knocked out. Don’t panic. We have a great step-by-step guide on what to do if a tooth gets knocked out, and we’re also available on weekdays and weekends for emergency dental treatments. We’ll always be there to take care of your child’s dental emergencies.
Common children’s dental treatments
Sometimes, bacteria can get into a tooth’s fissures or grooves and begin the process of tooth decay. Sealants are thin plastic coatings that prevent this from happening, and applying them is a quick and painless procedure.
Fillings and crowns
Cavities can occur, sometimes no matter how vigilant we are with our oral hygiene. If you suspect your child has developed a cavity, make sure you bring them in as soon as you can. The quicker we can attend to it, the less damage and decay there’ll be. Your child will have a healthy smile in no time.
Children can get involved in sport from an early age. To protect their beautiful smiles, we recommend the use of a custom-fitted mouthguard, which is the best way to prevent chips and knocked out teeth from collisions. Talk to us about them today.
Easy payment options
Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:
At Fernvale Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be part of the Members’ Choice network for Medibank Private, First Choice for NIB, the More for Teeth program with HCF and the Choice Network for CBHS! FIND OUT MORE