Affordable, Family-Friendly Dental for Kids in Toowoomba, QLD
Establishing healthy dental habits for kids early on in their lives is a surefire way to improve oral health, and support the proper development of teeth as your child ages.
At Access Dental Services of Toowoomba, QLD we know that children are often apprehensive and nervous about seeing the dentist. We’re committed to making their experience one they will remember for all of the right reasons.
Our caring and gentle staff will ensure your child enjoys the experience and will have them looking forward to their next visit. From smiling faces and a child-friendly atmosphere, to dental games, we know just how to handle nervous children.
What to Expect on Your Child’s First Visit
Recommended by their first birthday, this visit, us represents an opportunity to introduce the concept of kids dental care in a positive way. It also allows us the opportunity to visually inspect the child’s gums and teeth for any obvious issues.
We use this time to answer any questions you or your child may have and to assess the overall growth and development of their teeth. As part of this visit, we’ll educate bot the parent and child on oral hygiene and brushing techniques.
Children Dental Care: What’s Next?
Your child’s next visit is usually between the ages of 4-6. At this stage, your dentist may take a low-radiation x-ray to reveal the underlying jawbone structure and teeth which have not yet erupted. This enables your dentist to evaluate development and identify any potential issues early, such as the size or position of the teeth under the gumline.
How to Prepare for your Kid’s Next Dental Visit
Children are more intuitive than we often give them credit for. If you’re nervous, they will be too. Keep the mood light and enjoyable. Talk to them about the importance of seeing the dentist and that this is a normal and regular thing that everyone does. Avoid scary words such as “needles” or “drills”.
Kids Dental Pro Tip: Because children tend to get tired and/or grumpy or less patient as the day progresses, try to make appointments I the morning or afternoon as opposed to after a long day at school.
Preventative Measures are Important
Your kids dentist will provide you (and them) with instructions and tips on how to maintain optimal oral health and prevent future issues. This typically involves the right methods of brushing, flossing, and if appropriate, the use of mouthwash.
They may also discuss proper nutrition and avoidance of certain acidic food types.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule
In Toowoomba, QLD and across Australia, children ages 2-18 may be eligible for means-test basic dental care. These benefits are provided through the public system under the Commonwealth-funded Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS).
Typical benefits under this program include: regular examinations, cleaning, root canals, fillings, x-rays, and extractions. Benefits are capped at $1000 per child over two years.