We provide a friendly, comfortable environment for the whole family. We look forward to helping you with your childen’s dental care from baby to teenager and beyond!
Children’s dentistry services include:
- Examinations and x-rays
- Fissure sealants
- Removal of stubborn baby teeth
- Teeth cleaning and fluoride treatments
- Oral hygiene guidance
- Sports mouthguards
When should I make my child’s first appointment?
We recommend that children start to visit a children’s dentist as young as two years old.
Of course, you are welcome to bring them in earlier if you have any questions or concerns once their teeth start appearing,
Young children generally only need to see the dentist every 6-12 months. We like to see that their teeth are coming through at the right time and in the right place and also offer advice on diet.
Taking time with children
At Tooth Sparkler, we believe in investing time with children when they visit to give them the best possible start for a lifetime of good oral health. We want to make dental visits fun, but we take our time with your child very seriously. To give them the best possible experience and education, we devote a full 40 minutes to your child and do not recommend sharing appointments with siblings. We ask you to keep regular 6-monthly appointments to ensure we keep on top of any changes.
We encourage children to contribute to their own oral health. Older children can earn a No Cavities Award at their regular appointments. For younger patients, the Pixie Perfect award is the ideal way to reward those who have done a great job of looking after their teeth and who need no restorative treatments.
Good habits start young
It is vital that children get used to coming in to see a children’s dentist while they are young, so that they can form good associations and fear of dentists can be avoided.
While children are growing, it is important that their facial growth and dental development are monitored closely. This will help them avoid crowding of teeth and jaw issues. We also assess and address other factors like large tonsils, sleep apnoea and snoring, mouth breathing and thumb sucking as soon as possible.
Bring your children to see us so that any problems can be diagnosed early and your child can develop a happy, healthy, trusting life-long relationship with dentistry.
If there are any issues to be addressed, our calm and positive environment will help ensure your child stays relaxed and happy while they are with us.
Most decay starts in the narrow pits and grooves on the biting surfaces of the back teeth (molars). The permanent molars have the highest risk of tooth decay and benefit the most from dental sealants.
For most children, the first permanent molars come through at about six or seven years of age and the second molars about age 11 or 12 years. As the molars come through, they are at greater risk of tooth decay therefore, it is a good idea to have your child’s molars checked at around this age to see if sealants might be useful.
Sealants fill up the small grooves, keeping food and bacteria out and stopping decay happening in the fissures.
There are several benefits to using sealants, including that they:
- are white or clear
- are put on by an oral health professional (dentist, hygienist or oral health therapist)
- fill and block up the small pits and grooves in the teeth to prevent decay
- take a few minutes to apply
- do not cause pain
- do not need injections
- do not need to be drilled
- do not dissolve in saliva and are safe.
Sealants can last from two to seven years, but may last up to 15 years and will be reviewed by your hygienist at the preventative care appointments.
If your child plays a contact sport, a fitted mouthguard from your dentist offers the best protection. Chat to us about the colours and styles available.
What about teenagers and their teeth?
Teenagers who have braces often find their teeth particularly difficult to clean and we strongly recommend regular 6-monthly check-up and clean appointments to help maintain oral hygiene through this time. We can also offer dietary advice tailored to this age group who may be particularly prone to snacking and sugary sports drinks.
We offer the latest fluoride treatments with calcium to help protect the teeth of our young patients.
Child Dental Benefit Schedule
Our practice supports the Child Dental Benefit Schedule.
The Government funded Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) is now available for families with children aged 2-17 years who 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.
Eligible services include:
- Fissure sealing
- Root canals
Note that the CDBS does not cover cosmetic dental work or orthodontics.
To check if you are eligible or check your remaining funds, please contact Medicare.