North Brisbane Children’s Dentistry

The team at Smile Time believe that all families should have accessibility to affordable high quality kids dental. Make an enquiry today to find out more about dental options for your child’s needs, from basic through to cosmetic.

Although children have new teeth that are likely to be extracted for adult teeth. Professional dentists recommend regular dental visits for children every 6 months to maintain healthy teeth. Prevention is key to maintaining good oral health since it helps to avoid potential future issues.

Dentist’s don’t just look at teeth. They look at the overall health of your child’s oral health for preventative checks. This includes gums, lips, palette (roof of mouth) and underneath the tongue.

A toddler should visit a dentist for the first time after their initial first teeth have protruded. It is important for your child’s first teeth to remain healthy for as long as possible.

Teeth help with your child’s ability to:

  • Learn how to chew healthy foods with age
  • Correct speech development and articulation
  • The spacing of teeth and future permanent teeth
  • Most importantly, helping to promote a health smile

Regular child dentist visits help to educate and reinforce good oral health throughout the family. Additionally with regular checkups, a dentist can identify if any overcrowding or alignment issues could potentially be occurring. Therefore providing correct advise and a treatment plan during early stages of their development.

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Free Dental for Children*

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a federal initiative which commenced in 2014. Eligible children aged 2-17 years may claim up to $1000 (previously $1000 and for a short period of time in 2017, $700) worth of dental treatment over 2 calendar years.

The federal government determines eligibility which we can check using your child’s medicare number. We bulk bill eligible patients for eligible treatments up to the $1000 limit.

A range of services are covered a kids dentist including; examination, X-Rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. In those rare situations where the treatment plan exceeds the $1000, we will provide you with a full treatment plan prior to starting any treatment so there’s no surprises.

If you are unsure if your child is eligible or what the remaining balance is, please contact our friendly reception staff and we can check on your behalf.

Visit the Federal Government Website for more info.

*For eligible patients

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Why does my child need to visit the dentist?

Regular checkup and cleans for your child help to detect any signs of decay, gum disease, overcrowding or crooked teeth issues. The correct alignment of your child’s bite is also examined.

Therefore, checkups provide assurance that your child’s teeth are developing correctly. This also allows the opportunity to notice any signs of fluoride or enamel issues.

My child is scared to go to the dentist?

As a parent, you play a pivotal role in preparing your child for their first dental visit.

Prior to their visit, try referring to dentist in a playful and positive manner. It’s also important to not refer to the dentist in the form of punishment. Such as “if you don’t brush you’re teeth you have to go the dentist”.

Referring to dentists as a form of punishment may increase the fear of your child visiting the dentist.

For this reason, leading up to your child’s first visit aim to play games with your child. Such as role plays, where you or your child pretend to be a dentist. Or reenact the scenario with their toys in a joyful manner.

My child won't brush their teeth!

If your child is reluctant to brush their teeth, make the moment enjoyable. Try not to make brushing their teeth like a ‘chore’. Instead, sing along with your child, brush your teeth with your child and dance while brush, or make a game of the experience. Just like the saying goes “dance like nobody is watching”. The same goes with these fun moments with your child.

Below is a list of our favourites. Try singing and dancing to these with your child.

My Chid seems to have ``Shark Teeth``, what should I do?

Your child’s adult teeth begin to come through the gum anywhere between the ages 5 to 7. As permanent teeth begin to move and come through the gum, usually the ‘baby tooth’ becomes loose and eventually falls out.

Sometimes this doesn’t always occur and permanent teeth begin to erupt behind the baby tooth. This often raises concern for many parents. Upon noticing this, there is no need to panic as this is surprisingly common in the industry and is known as “shark teeth”.

child shark teeth

“Shark Teeth” is often not a long-term condition. In many cases, baby teeth should begin to loosen and easily extracted at home like normal teeth. If you’re unable to remove the tooth, then having the baby tooth removed by a dentist is recommended. After a period of time, the permanent tooth that was previously sitting behind the front tooth should properly align into place. This process can take anywhere between a few weeks or months to complete. Neighbouring teeth may also fall out with new teeth positioning, which can also influence overall alignment.

If you notice any major alignment issues with your child’s permanent teeth, then orthodontics could be recommended. Having your child visit a dentist regularly is vital for their long term oral health. Dentist’s can monitor your child’s teeth alignment and bite. Early intervention is both easier and cost effective in comparison to later adult years. This is due to children experiencing drastic bone growth in their younger years.

Preferred Private Health Providers

Private Health Funds Boondall Dentist

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