Children Dentistry at Robina Quays Dental Care, Gold Coast
Nurturing Young Smiles with Expert Care
Paediatric dentistry is a specialised branch of dental care focused on treating children from infancy through adolescence. At Robina Quays Dental Care, we are dedicated to providing a friendly, comfortable environment for our young patients, ensuring their early dental experiences are positive and encouraging.
Importance of Children’s Dental Care
- Early Detection: Regular dental check-ups allow for the early detection of dental issues, such as cavities or developmental anomalies.
- Preventive Care: Education on proper brushing techniques, fluoride treatments, and dietary advice to prevent tooth decay.
- Habit Counselling: Guidance on thumb sucking, pacifier use, and other habits that can impact dental health.
- Lifelong Dental Wellbeing: Helping children develop a positive outlook on their oral health from the very outset can be foundational in alleviating dental anxieties and in turn contribute to their lifelong dental wellbeing
Our Services for Children
- Routine Check-ups: Regular examinations to monitor dental growth and hygiene.
- Dental Cleanings: Gentle cleanings to remove plaque and tartar build-up, teaching children the importance of maintaining oral hygiene.
- Cavity Treatment: Using child-friendly techniques and materials to treat cavities and restore teeth.
- Orthodontic Evaluation: Assessing the need for braces or other orthodontic treatments as children grow.
Creating a Child-Friendly Environment
- Comfortable Atmosphere: Our clinic is designed to be welcoming and calming for children.
- Patient Education: We use age-appropriate language and explanations to help children understand the importance of dental care.
- Gentle Approach: Our team is experienced in managing children’s dental anxiety and making their visits as stress-free as possible.
Building a Foundation for Lifelong Dental Health
At Robina Quays Dental Care, our goal is to establish a foundation for lifelong oral health. We focus on educating both children and parents about the best practices for maintaining healthy teeth and gums from an early age.
Schedule Your Child’s Dental Visit
If you’re looking for a paediatric dentist in Gold Coast, Robina Quays Dental Care is here to support your child’s dental health journey. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and experience our warm and compassionate paediatric dental care
Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) at Robina Quays Dental Care, Gold Coast
Supporting Children’s Dental Health with CDBS
At Robina Quays Dental Care, we are committed to providing exceptional dental care to every member of the community, especially our younger patients. To support this commitment, we are proud to accept and process claims under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), a government-funded initiative in Australia.
Understanding the CDBS
- Eligibility: The CDBS is available to eligible children aged between 2 and 17 years. Eligibility is determined at the start of each calendar year and remains valid for the whole year.
- Coverage: The program covers up to $1,000 in dental services over two consecutive calendar years. This includes a range of essential dental services such as examinations, routine cleanings, fillings, root canal treatments, and extractions.
Our Approach to Paediatric Dental Care
- Quality Care for Children: We believe every child deserves access to quality dental care. Accepting CDBS helps ease the financial burden on families, promoting early and consistent oral health care for children.
- Experienced Dental Professionals: Our team is dedicated to providing gentle, high-quality dental care in a child-friendly environment, ensuring a positive experience for our young patients.
Assistance with CDBS
- Guidance on CDBS: Navigating government programs can be challenging, so our friendly staff is always available to help with questions about CDBS eligibility, application processes, and benefits.
- Maximising Benefits: We assist families in utilising the full extent of CDBS coverage, ensuring children receive the dental care they need.
Book Your Child’s Dental Appointment
Scheduling an appointment at Robina Quays Dental Care is straightforward. Contact us by phone or use our online booking system to arrange your child’s next dental visit under the CDBS. We are eager to contribute to your child’s brighter smile.
Please Note: The CDBS does not cover cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, or hospital services. We advise parents to familiarise themselves with the CDBS’s scope. For detailed information about the CDBS, please visit the Australian Government’s Department of Human Services website (https://www.health.gov.au/our-work/child-dental-benefits-schedule).
The Australian Dental Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first dental visit should occur by their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth appears. Early visits help establish a dental home for the child and set the foundation for preventive oral health care.
Paediatric dentistry is crucial because early childhood dental care sets the stage for lifelong oral health. It focuses on the unique dental needs of children, including prevention and treatment of decay, guidance on dental growth and development, and education on good oral hygiene practices. Early detection and treatment of dental issues can prevent more complex problems later on.
A child’s first dental visit typically includes a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, jaw, and oral tissues to assess growth and development. The visit may also include a gentle cleaning and fluoride application, depending on the child’s age and cooperation. The dentist will provide guidance on oral hygiene practices and discuss any concerns with the parents.
To prepare your child for their first dental visit, talk about the dentist positively and explain that the dentist will look at and clean their teeth. Avoid using words that might cause fear. Reading books or watching videos about first dental visits can also be helpful. Schedule the appointment at a time when your child is usually well-rested and cooperative.
Common dental problems in children include tooth decay (cavities), dental caries, early childhood caries (baby bottle tooth decay), gum disease (gingivitis), and dental emergencies like knocked-out or broken teeth. Orthodontic issues, such as misaligned teeth or bite problems, are also common in children.
Children should have dental check-ups every six months, though some children may need more frequent visits due to increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns, or poor oral hygiene. Regular dental visits allow for early detection and treatment of dental issues.
Baby bottle tooth decay, or early childhood caries, is a form of tooth decay that affects babies and toddlers. It’s often caused by frequent and prolonged exposure to drinks containing sugar, such as milk, formula, or fruit juice, especially when given at bedtime. Prevention includes avoiding sugary drinks in bottles, cleaning the child’s teeth and gums after feedings, and encouraging drinking from a cup by their first birthday.
To help your child develop good oral hygiene habits, start by setting a good example with your own oral hygiene. Brush and floss with your child, make oral care fun and routine, and use age-appropriate toothbrushes and toothpaste. Regular dental visits for cleanings and check-ups also reinforce the importance of oral hygiene.
Begin using toothpaste for your child as soon as the first tooth appears. For children under 3 years, use a smear of fluoride toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice). For children 3-6 years old, use a pea-sized amount. Always supervise brushing to ensure they use the correct amount and don’t swallow toothpaste.
Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) to prevent decay. They are particularly beneficial for children and teenagers who are at higher risk of cavities. Sealants are typically recommended once the permanent molars have erupted and can significantly reduce the risk of cavities in the sealed teeth.
Managing dental anxiety in children involves creating a welcoming and calming environment. Paediatric dentists are trained to use kid-friendly language, explain procedures in an understandable and non-threatening way, and employ distraction techniques. Sedation options, like nitrous oxide (laughing gas), may be used for particularly anxious children. Encouraging positive dental experiences from a young age and regular visits can help alleviate anxiety over time.
If your child has a toothache, first clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge any trapped food or debris. If the pain persists, consult a paediatric dentist. Avoid placing aspirin on the tooth or gums, and use children’s pain relief medicine if necessary, following the dosage guidelines.
Prolonged thumb-sucking and pacifier use can lead to dental problems, such as misaligned teeth and bite issues, especially if the habit continues beyond age 3-4. It’s important to gently discourage these habits as children grow older to avoid long-term dental issues. Consultation with a paediatric dentist for advice and intervention strategies can be beneficial.
Diet plays a crucial role in maintaining a child’s oral health. Sugary foods and drinks can increase the risk of tooth decay. A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products helps maintain healthy teeth and gums. It’s also essential to limit snacking between meals to reduce the frequency of acid attacks on the teeth.
For babies, use a soft, damp cloth or a small, soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean the gums and any erupted teeth. Once your baby has teeth, brush them twice a day with a smear of fluoride toothpaste. Avoid putting babies to bed with a bottle to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.
Children should start flossing when two teeth touch each other, typically around age 2-3. Parents should assist with flossing until the child develops the dexterity to do it themselves, usually around age 6-7. Regular flossing helps remove plaque and food particles between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach.
Signs your child may need braces include crowded or misplaced teeth, difficulty in chewing or biting, mouth breathing, thumb-sucking, and jaw shifting or noises. An orthodontic evaluation, typically recommended by age 7, can determine if braces are needed and the best time to start treatment.
If a child’s permanent tooth is knocked out, find the tooth and, if dirty, rinse it in milk (or water if milk isn’t available) without scrubbing. Try to reinsert it in the socket and hold it there, or store the tooth in milk. Seek emergency dental care immediately. For a baby tooth, do not try to reinsert it, but consult a paediatric dentist as soon as possible.
Fluoride strengthens the enamel of children’s teeth, making them more resistant to decay. It can even help repair early decay. Fluoride can be obtained from fluoridated water, toothpaste, mouth rinses, and professional fluoride treatments at a dental office.
Sports, especially contact sports, can pose a risk to children’s dental health. Wearing a mouthguard can help protect against dental injuries. Custom-fitted mouthguards from a dentist offer the best protection and comfort.