Your Child's First Dental Visit - When to Go and How to Prepare

Your Child's First Dental Visit - When to Go and How to Prepare

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Posted 2022-11-01 by Vanessafollow

A child’s first visit to the dentist is certainly a milestone to celebrate and is a positive start to a lifetime of good dental health. According to the Australian Dental Association, children should visit a dentist when their first tooth becomes visible or when they reach their first birthday - whichever comes first.

If you are worried about how your child might react in a dentist's office, give the practice a call ahead of time to let them know about your child’s feelings towards seeing other health professionals as well as your current experience with encouraging them to brush.

‘We love when parents give us a call ahead of time to let us know about their child’s interests and preferences. Their favourite colours, TV show, characters… Little things like this help us make their first visit fun and engaging. Even bringing their favourite toy and their own toothbrush from home is a great way to make their first visit more comfortable!’ - Julie, Oral Health Therapist (My Dental Team - Wollongong).

During their visit, their dentist will address a variety of topics, which may include:
  • Teething
  • Brushing techniques
  • Bite (how the top and bottom teeth fit together)
  • Soft tissues such as gums and cheeks
  • Habits such as thumb sucking
  • Risk of decay and how to prevent it
  • Prevention of trauma to your child’s mouth
  • Nutritional advice

  • Dentists can also provide referral pathways to an orthodontist if they notice issues that can be addressed from a young age. Early orthodontic treatment is available for children between the ages of 8-10 years old. As the experts in straightening teeth and correcting problematic bites, your orthodontist will be able to identify and treat abnormalities earlier in your child’s life when their teeth and jaws are easier to manipulate.

    The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) covers some or all of the cost of basic dental treatments over a two-year period for eligible children. Children aged between 0-17 years are eligible for Medicare and you receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or another relevant Australian Government payment. You can claim up to $1,026 for each child over 2 consecutive calendar years for each eligible child. Find out more here .

    If you’re looking to find a family-friendly dental practice in the Illawarra region, My Dental Team has been a well-loved dental practice in the region for over a decade! The awarded team of dentists and orthodontists are dedicated to meeting all your family’s dental needs.

    Their team offers:
  • FREE consultations with a specialist orthodontist
  • GAP FREE check-up and cleans for those in a Health Fund
  • Affordable interest-free dental payment plans
  • Bulk-billing services under the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule are provided for your little ones too!

  • Make a booking online now at:

    Address: 28 Beatson St, Wollongong NSW 2500
    Phone Number: 02 4209 3020

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