Infants, children and adolescence are very special people at our practice! Their teeth and jaw development are essential to nutrition, growth and development, speech, self-confidence and self-esteem, sleep, cognitive behaviour and learning – in fact, their general wellbeing. Dr DeLillo, Patricia our oral health therapist and the team, are committed to children’s oral health management and education. We invest a lot of time in educating families on the importance of all of the above. Over the last 24 years, we have a long history of oral health campaigns in our local pre-schools and community. Here at Cabarita Dental, we excel in non-traumatic dental treatment for children and adolescents saving you the need for a general anaesthetic, when treatment is performed in a timely manner.
Our services for children include:
- early dental checks
- oral hygiene education
- diet and nutritional advice
- advice to parents on management of poor oral habits
- early orthodontic and jaw development assessment and treatment
- sleep disordered breathing assessment
When should I make my child’s first appointment?
At our practice we love seeing children at infancy when we assess for tongue tie, suckling and airway obstructions.
We then follow up your child as they ‘cut their first teeth’ and advise you on teething, diet and oral hygiene. Parents love to know what mores to come so we keep them updated and informed on what’s involved in their child’s dental development and journey. Advice is given on prevention of dental caries, poor oral habits and avoiding trauma as your child grows.
Your child’s 6 monthly dental visits enable you to be well informed and your child to grow confidence in their dental experience.
Get them comfortable at the dentist!
It is vital that children get used to coming in to see the dentist while they are young. This will help them form good associations and avoid any fear of dentists.
While children are growing, we monitor their facial growth and dental development closely. This will help avoid crowding of teeth and jaw issues. We also assess and address factors such as large tonsils, sleep apnoea or snoring, mouth breathing and thumb sucking.
Bring your children to see us so that we can diagnose any problems early and your child can develop a happy, healthy, trusting relationship with Dr DeLillo and Patricia, our Oral Health Therapist
What about teenagers and their teeth?
If your child plays a contact sport, a fitted, customised mouthguard from your dentist offers the best protection and often saves your child from traumatic loss of teeth and expensive dental solutions in the future. Chat to us about the colours and styles available.
Sugary sports drinks
Energy and sports drinks contain high levels of acid and sugar. These can start destroying teeth after only a few days of consistent use. Damaged enamel can cause sensitivity and susceptibility to decay and cavities.
Find out what the Australian Dental Association recommends for children and teenagers. https://www.ada.org.au/Your-Dental-Health/Children-0-11/Kids
Child Dental Benefit Schedule
Our practice supports the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) and we have no gap for all eligible children.
The Government funded Child Dental Benefit Schedule is now available for eligible families with children aged 2-17 years. Families must receive Government Benefits. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment. If children are eligible, they receive up to $1000 over two calendar years for preventative and restorative dentistry. To check your eligibility please visit: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule
Eligible services include:
- Fissure sealing
- Root canals
Note that the CDBS scheme does not cover cosmetic dental work or orthodontics.
Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) at Our Practice
Here at our practice, we support this initiative. We have a no gap policy on dental treatment for children covered under the CBDS scheme. To check if you are eligible or check your remaining funds, please contact Medicare. For further information on what treatments are covered by this scheme, please contact our practice manager.