Dentistry for Children
Children’s Dentists in South Melbourne
The dentists, oral health therapists and hygienists at Dental on Clarendon are proud to provide helpful dentistry for children. We are the preferred dentists for many local children in South Melbourne, Albert Park, Middle Park, Southbank, Port Melbourne, St Kilda and surrounds. In fact, local families that have moved interstate or abroad continue to see us for their kids’ dentistry needs. Our friendly, caring and professional services ensure that children often see a visit to our practice as a fun experience. Parents can rest assured knowing our highly trained and qualified team of kids’ dentists in Melbourne can perform pain-free general dentistry for children to the highest standards of care.
Appointments for Kids
To prevent minor dental issues becoming big problems, we recommend you bring your children in for their first check-up before they reach 2 years of age, and subsequently booking in for a consultation every 6 months. This allows our dentists to monitor your children’s oral health and tooth eruption patterns. It’s best if your children’s first experience occurs at a time before invasive work becomes necessary. Early check-ups make it easier to build rapport and establish trust with the dentist for future visits.
To keep our patients smiling, we combine the latest pain-free technology with more than 20 years of experience, the Child Dental Benefits Scheme,and friendly advice for preventative care.
The pain-free dental technology at our South Melbourne clinic – including The Wand – ensures complete comfort right from the first check-up. The Wand allows us to administer anaesthesia without the pain typically caused by the pressure of the anaesthetic entering the tissue of the gum. The Wand treatment is delivered by our highly qualified children’s dentist in Melbourne and is safe for the whole family.
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Preventative care is available for all ages and includes a range of maintenance treatments and advice. Our friendly kids’ dentists in Melbourne will perform preventative treatments like professional teeth cleaning and provide advice for keeping up a good oral health routine. They will even help to educate children about dental care using positive, encouraging language that inspires them to be pro-active and enthusiastic with their dental care routine at home. We make it easy for children across South Melbourne, Albert Park, Southbank and beyond to keep their teeth healthy and strong!
The First Visit for Kids
Our dentists recommend your children are introduced to our dental practice from as early as their first tooth erupting in the mouth. Coming along to mum and dad’s visit is a great way to start getting your little one comfortable with visiting the dental team, as a positive first visit can be the first step toward a lifetime of good dental habits! The visit would usually start with a ride in the dental chair and counting their teeth, checking the gums, and sometimes being able to gently clean their teeth.
First Visit Tips for Parents
- Even very young children are perceptive and can pick up and react to any anxiety you might have about the upcoming visit, so try not to show any signs of anxiety yourself.
- Arrange for a morning appointment if possible. Children are often more positive and receptive.
- Avoid talking about specific procedures or instruments, as these ideas may confuse or upset your child. Words like “drill”, “injection”and “needle” are potentially very frightening to a child.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
Dental on Clarendon can offer our services to children who qualify for the CDBS. All treatments provided under the CDBS are bulk-billed, helping you save money.We will inform you on whether you can make a claim through this Child Dental Benefits Scheme or on your insurance when you speak to our kids’ dentist in Melbourne,who will devise a suitable dental treatment plan that’s within the scope of the services the CDBS covers.
Fun Stuff for Kids!
Brushing your teeth has never been so fun! Colgate have lots of fun games, App recommendations (from the iTunes or Android stores) and activities to help educate kids on oral hygiene and have fun while doing it. Follow this link to make brushing fun with your favourite friends!
Make an Appointment with Our Children’s Dentist in Melbourne today
If you’re searching for a children’s dentist in Melbourne that can provide dentistry for children under the CDBS, speak to Dental on Clarendon today. Call our South Melbourne clinic on (03) 9690 3285 or submit an enquiry on our contact page for more information about our kids’ dentistry services.
Commonly Asked Questions
The CDBS is a government initiated dental benefits program aimed to make kids’ dentistry treatments more affordable for children aged between 2–17 years old.If you have children in this age bracket and they meet the other criteria specified for this Child Dental Benefits Scheme, they could be eligible to receive free dental care up to $1,000 in value over a 2-year period.
- Regular dental examinations
- Teeth cleanings
- Fissure sealing
- Root canal treatments
- Tooth extractions
Children aged between 2–17 years of age may be eligible from the beginning until the end of each calendar year. The child must qualify for Medicare and be part of a family that receives an applicable government payment(e.g. the Family Tax Benefit Part A).
The easiest way to find out if your child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme is by accessing your Medicare account. This can be done by either visiting my.gov.au or by calling the Medicare General Enquiries line on 132 011.