Children's Dentist Gold Coast
More than half of children in Australia experience tooth decay, which can lead to early tooth loss and cause problems with their developing adult teeth. The good news is that tooth decay can be prevented by helping your kids to break bad habits and develop a good oral care routine that can last a lifetime.
Our children's dentists and Oral health therapist on the Gold Coast can check your child's teeth for any signs of problems, provide preventive and restorative treatments and give kids and parents advice about how to take the best care of their teeth and gums.
If your family is eligible for the government's Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), your child can receive up to $1000 of dental services every two years.
Call our friendly team on (07) 5575 9100 or book an appointment today. Our family dental clinic is easy to find in Robina Town Centre.
When should you take your child to the dentist?
Don't wait until your child already has a problem with their teeth to see a dentist!
It's recommended that a child has their first dental visit by their 1st birthday, or within 6 months of getting their first tooth. During their visit, we'll check that their teeth are developing normally and offer you advice about how to look after your child's oral health at home.
Regular check-ups are important as they give our dentists and oral health therapists the chance to examine your child's mouth and spot the warning signs of problems before they develop. We encourage parents to ask any questions they have so we can help you to take the best care of your child's developing teeth every day.
We'll discuss the most suitable visiting schedule for your child based on their individual needs. You should also make an appointment at our dental clinic if you notice anything unusual about your child's mouth, such as loose or discoloured teeth or red, swollen or bleeding gums.
What happens at your child's dental visit?
Kids' dentistry at Robina Town Dental is provided by our experienced dentist Dr Shannon Sia and our team of oral health therapists. Our focus is on helping children to feel comfortable and relaxed during their visit so they can develop positive associations with the dentist that will hopefully stay with them for life.
When we're sure that your child feels comfortable, we'll gently examine their mouth to check the condition of their teeth and gums and look for any signs of a possible dental or orthodontic issue. We don't use x-rays during children's oral health assessments unless it's strictly necessary.
Afterwards, we'll discuss your child's oral health and can offer recommendations about daily oral care, healthy food and drink and any issues they might be dealing with, such as thumb sucking or dummies. If we think your child could benefit from a preventive or corrective treatment, we'll explain what the treatment involves so you can decide if it's the right choice.
Dental treatments for children
At Robina Town Dental, we offer a range of treatments to help protect kids' teeth against decay and injuries and to correct damaged or misaligned teeth. Our oral health therapists will give you all the information you need about these treatments to make an informed decision about your child's oral health.
Check-up and clean
When your kids visit us for their regular check-up, our oral health therapists will check their teeth and gums to see if there are any signs of tooth decay or other problems. We'll discuss any treatments we think they could benefit from and offer advice about how to keep their smiles healthy.
Next, we'll gently clean their teeth to remove any plaque that's built up since their last visit and apply fluoride to help protect their teeth against further plaque attacks.
The chewing teeth (molars) contain small pits and grooves on their surfaces that can trap food and bacteria. We can apply fissure sealants to fill in these gaps with a tooth-coloured resin as a first line of defence against tooth decay.
If any of your kids' teeth have cavities, we can remove the decayed part of the tooth and fill the cavity with a safe resin the same colour as their tooth. This treated tooth will look and function the same as their natural teeth and avoids the need for an extraction.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children wear a custom mouthguard fitted by their dentist rather than a generic 'boil-and-bite' mouthguard bought in a store. We can take an impression of your child's teeth to design a mouthguard that feels comfortable and offers the best protection during sports and other activities.
Early-intervention orthodontics (called orthopaedics) can help to correct some alignment issues while children's teeth and jaws are still developing. This can sometimes reduce the need for braces and other orthodontic appliances in teenage years.
Want to know more about kids orthodontics? Find out here.
How to care for kids' teeth at home
It's important to help kids look after their teeth every day by establishing a good oral hygiene routine and encouraging them to follow a teeth-friendly diet.
Brushing and flossing
Just like adults, children should brush their teeth twice a day. They will need help brushing until they're old enough to move the brush correctly.
Young children should use special children's toothbrushes and low-fluoride toothpaste. They can start to use adult toothpaste around 6 years of age, it is also recommended for parents to help kids brush their teeth until age 7.
You should also floss between your child's teeth as soon as they have teeth that touch together.
Healthy food and drink
Sugar is the worst enemy of kids' teeth, especially between meals when it can do more damage. If your child is too attached to sweet treats, our oral health therapists can recommend healthy and tasty alternatives.
Soft drinks and fruit juices cause more tooth decay than snacks, so these should also be limited. Kids should be encouraged to drink fluoridated tap water and milk, as these can help to protect their teeth against plaque.
Tooth brushing app
Kids and adults should brush their teeth for 2 minutes to make sure they're reaching all areas. If your child needs some encouragement to brush for the correct amount of time, fun smartphone apps like the Nurdle Time Brush app could help.
Your child can brush along a fun and catchy song whilst collecting points and unlock fun new content for Captain Aquafresh and their very own character.
Download this free app from the iTunes Store or Google Play.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) – free dental care up to $1000
You may be entitled to $1000 of children's dental services over 2 consecutive years if:
- your child is aged 2–17 years
- you are eligible for Medicare
- you receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or another eligible payment