Children’s Dentistry

Do you want your child to have a smile that lasts a lifetime?

Refresh Smiles Dental believes in starting excellent oral health care early in a patient’s life. For this reason we offer children’s dentistry treatments to ensure your child has the best chance for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Your child’s visit is as special to us as yours and together we can make sure he/she grows up with strong, healthy teeth and keeps them that way.

We believe that prevention is better than a cure so:

  • We aim to educate children on the best ways to care for their teeth
  • While communicating with them in a way that they can understand

We aim to be a partner in your child’s oral health and hope to establish a long-lasting relationship with your child, based on trust, mutual respect and compassion.

Children grow and develop quickly at a young age. However, how a child grows dictates how they will develop later in life. It is well-documented that the early years in a persons life are the most important and the same applies for their oral health.

Adult teeth start developing from birth and continue to do so until 16 years of age. Dental infections or trauma experienced during childhood may affect developing adult teeth causing problems such as:

  • Poor quality tooth structure
  • Weak teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Atypical coloured teeth
  • Atypical shaped teeth
  • Crooked teeth

While these problems do not seem significant, they do affect a child’s self-confidence, self-esteem, ability to eat, ability to thrive, and hence ability to develop and grow.

Unfortunately, dentists in general are still focused on just the teeth. However the mouth is part of a bigger system – the human body. Children in particular need to be seen by a dentist or paediatric specialist who have a background and understanding in growth and development; interaction of the airway, breathing and posture to the rest of the body; and, paediatric health and nutrition, while taking a holistic approach from a dental viewpoint.

Without taking these factors into consideration, your child may develop problems with posture, jaw discrepancies, or crowding, which, if not corrected early, will require complex treatment such as surgery or complicated orthodontic treatment.

At the Refresh Smiles Dental, we are more than qualified to understand and manage your child’s needs and also work with other dental and medical specialists as needed.

Contact Refresh Smiles Dental to improve your child’s dental and facial development today. If your child has never been to the dentist before, contact us to organise a free tour of the surgery and request an information pack.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule 2014 Introduction

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on the 1st January 2014 and will provide access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3.4 million children aged 2-17 years. It will replace the existing Medicare Teen Dental Plan (MTDP).

The total benefit entitlement will be capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS will have a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.

The CDBS will provide individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits will not be available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and will not be paid for any services provided in a hospital.

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