Frequently Asked Questions
When should you bring your child for their first dental visit?
The Australian Dental Association recommends as a rule of thumb, it is time for a dental visit when your baby’s first tooth becomes visible or they reach 12 months old – whichever comes first. If you notice anything you think is out of the ordinary before this time it’s better to be safe than sorry, so book an appointment straight away. The earlier your child visits the dentist the better. Prevention is better than cure and early dental visits will help protect your child from tooth decay.
What should I know before I come?
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill, or hurt. We will explain all procedures to children in terms they can understand by using pleasant and non-frightening words and demonstrate the equipment in a fun and imaginative way. Every possible effort will be made to make the visit psychologically pleasant. Please do not be upset if your child cries! Crying is a normal reaction to fear. Children may be afraid of anything new and strange to them. Kindness is the greatest contribution for overcoming fear and it must be our united objective to eliminate dental fears. Each child is different and we will treat your child according to their individual needs and with input from their parents.
Can I take advantage of the Child Dental Benefits schedule?
n Australia, children aged between two and 18 years may have access to a means-test basic dental care through the public system—all part of the Commonwealth-funded Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). To check if your child is eligible for the CDBS go to the Department of Human Services website.
Benefits for basic dental services, including examinations, X-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions are capped at $1000 per child over two consecutive calendar years. There is no waiting list for these sessions, the young patient will be given the next available appointment or can be scheduled at a time suitable for you.
For more information, call 132 150 or visit www.humanservices.gov.au.