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The initial appointment for children differs slightly depending on age. Generally, your child meets the dentist and has an opportunity to get used to the dentist’s high-tech chair. This consultation mainly involves a visual inspection. X-rays may be taken at this visit if necessary, making sure there’s nothing unusual with the child’s teeth and gums. The dentist will also assess your child’s growth and development and identify any risk of dental decay.

Your child’s visit is often an interactive one. We will assess areas where your child misses brushing, highlight it to them and teach your child how to brush properly. Flossing techniques are often discussed and we educate your child on the importance of a healthy diet on teeth. We will also be using our own special electric toothbrush with bubble-gum flavour toothpaste that kids love.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

In 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.

COVID-19 UPDATE

As always, your safety and the safety of our team is our priority.

The Team at Lumina Dental are maintaining full safety measures in accordance with ADA and NSW Health Guidelines.

This means that we are doing the following:

• Limiting the numbers in the clinic at any time
• Conducting a COVID-19 questionnaire and screening
• Patient temperature checks
• Hand sanitiser, wipes, sprays and washes at all points of contact including at the entry to the clinic
• Regular deep cleaning of communal areas
• All patients are treated with pre-procedural mouth rinses