The first dental visit for children is usually short. This visit gives your child an opportunity to meet the dentist and staff in a very friendly informal way. Sometimes we may ask the parent to sit in the dental chair and ‘go for a ride in the chair’ and then stay whilst their child has their dental examination.
HBF no longer offers ‘gap free’ general treatment for children. Beach Road Dental Care believe that preventative care is important for children and where ever possible will discount preventative items to help ensure children are set up with good teeth for life.
What’s involved in a full examination?
During the examination, your dentist will check all of your child’s existing teeth for decay, examine your child’s bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues. We can also educate parents about oral health care basics for children and discuss dental developmental issues and answer any questions you may have.
Topics your dentist may discuss with you:
Many dentists like to see children every 6 months to build up the child’s confidence, to monitor the development of the teeth and promptly treat any developing problems.
It’s important to know that the parent or legal guardian that accompanies the child for this first visit will be asked to complete medical and health information forms concerning the child.
Children 18 months and under:
For most children 18 months and under our dentist will perform a visual inspection of their teeth addressing any concerns with you as the parent. We will review topics of diet and nutrition, tooth eruption, how to properly clean your child’s teeth.
Children 18 months and over:
Our dentists may do a “show and tell” with your child, demonstrating the various instruments used during a typical cleaning. Your child will be able to relax in one of our treatment chairs where they will have their teeth examined and cleaned if necessary. We will begin providing dental care to your child with the “tell show do” method, where each instrument used will be shown and explained to your child.
X-rays, also called radiographs, are a valuable diagnostic tool. X-rays help the dentist to:
There is no standard timetable for when your child’s mouth should be X-rayed. The need varies with the child’s development and dental health. If your child has had many cavities and fillings or has a high risk of tooth decay, your dentist might suggest X-rays more frequently. If X-rays aren’t taken when they are needed, problems can become worse.
Dental X-rays are very safe and expose your child to a minimal amount of radiation. When all standard safety precautions are taken, today’s X-ray equipment is able to eliminate unnecessary radiation and allows the dentist to focus the X-ray beam on a specific part of the mouth. High-speed film enables the dentist to reduce the amount of radiation the patient receives.
Trauma and Emergencies
Here is a summary of the kinds of things that we see when kids injure themselves. Often these injuries are sports related and can be reduced by the children wearing a custom made mouthguard, and the quite common bumping the head of another child. There are different type of accidents and each require different dental attention.
When to Call the Dentist or go to the Hospital (emergency)
If in any doubt call your dentist ( 9447 4656) or hospital emergency department for advice. If there is a head injury with symptoms of vomiting or loss of consciousness do not hesitate and take the child straight to the hospital emergency department for assessment.