Children’s Dentist, Melbourne
Looking after your little ones’ teeth from an early age is crucial for their development; choose a family-owned children’s dentist in Melbourne that genuinely cares about building your child’s comfort with the dentist from an early age.
We welcome kids of all ages, and we’re passionate about making every experience with the dentist a positive, relaxing one. Up-to-date with the latest training and development in children’s dentistry, the friendly team at TDS provides the highest levels of care and takes an active interest in teaching your children about practising good oral hygiene.
CHOOSE TOORAK DENTAL STUDIO
As your dedicated dentist for children
Going to the dentist for the first time can bring about feelings of anxiety for children. At Toorak Dental Studio, we’re trained to help young new patients feel at-ease and to provide dental care that’s tailored to kids’ development. We recommend bringing your child to the dentist from a young age, and coming back regularly to establish good oral hygiene routines that they can carry through life. Choose a pediatric dentist in Melbourne with comprehensive training in providing leading standards of oral health care for children.
Questions about children’s dentistry
Pediatric dentistry is carried out by a dental professional that has undergone a full-time post-graduate course in the specialty of dentistry for children. Pediatric dentists have specific training and qualifications to provide comprehensive, high-quality dental care to kids.
This affords them special knowledge about children’s psychological development, causes and treatment of oral diseases and injuries, as well as differences in the temperament and backgrounds of children. They’re trained to treat children of varying medical, physical and intellectual conditions, as well as children with behavioural challenges.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a MediCare-run scheme that provides $1000 over two years for dental expenses, for eligible children. CDBS covers check-ups, dental cleaning, repairing cracked teeth, fillings and root canals, but doesn’t cover orthodontic treatment and some other specialised treatments.
To be eligible, children must be between 2 and 17 years old, and must be in a family that already receives other government benefits.
It’s recommended that you take your child for his/her first dentist visit when their first tooth erupts or when they reach 12 months old - whichever comes first. It’s important to get them accustomed to the dentist from an early age, and even if your child barely has any teeth yet, the dentist can make sure the gums and mouth are healthy, too.
Your dentist can help instil good habits such as brushing techniques and stopping thumb sucking, and will discuss things like how to reduce risk of decay and nutritional advice. It’s best to choose a qualified pediatric dentist who specialises in oral hygiene for kids.
The first adult teeth typically emerge between the ages of 6 and 10 - and this is the time your dentist will determine if you need to take your child to see an orthodontist. An orthodontist specialises in detecting and fixing issues such as overbites, misalignments and crowded teeth, which can start to show once adult teeth emerge.
Your child’s first visit to the orthodontist will involve an X-ray and a thorough examination of their teeth, mouth, gums and jaw. There will also be a discussion of whether braces may be needed and if so, your dentist can provide more information and a treatment plan.
Making their first visit a positive one
We’ve been a trusted dentist in Melbourne for over 35 years and in that time, we’ve never lost our focus on ensuring our patients are comfortable and cared for – and receive the highest standards in dentistry. With an ongoing passion for children’s dentistry, we have processes in place to make their first (and every) visit a positive, enjoyable one. Their initial visit will take place in a soothing room, away from any dentistry equipment, where we’ll get to know your little one and make sure they’re relaxed and excited for their oral health journey.
Emergency dental care for kids
Whether they’re in the classroom, at home, or playing a sport, accidents happen and it’s not uncommon for kids’ teeth to be cracked or even knocked out. Our kids’ dentists in Melbourne offer emergency dental care for children, with same-day appointments to ensure we can act fast to minimise any risk of further injury or infection. If your child needs an urgent appointment, try not to panic; just give us a call on (03) 9804 7710 and we’ll find a quick solution.