At Somerville Dental Health we believe that establishing positive experiences with the dental practice from a young age can greatly impact a person’s oral health throughout their lifetime.
Regular examinations and establishing good dental hygiene encourages prevention and helps to build a relationship with the dental team. This is preferable to having a child’s first experience of going to the Dentist be for the relief of pain that could have been prevented if picked up earlier.
We provide a friendly, comfortable environment for the whole family. We look forward to helping you look after your kids’ teeth from baby through their teenage years and beyond.
For children no eligible for the Child Dental Benefit Scheme under Medicare – After a $80 initial fee, we offer ‘no out of pocket’ examinations up until the age of 13. This is provided they continue to come for ‘free’ 6 monthly recall examinations.
Our aim is that their teeth remain healthy and anything that needs attention are detected earlier allowing only minimal intervention needed.
Family dentistry services we provide include:
- Checkups and x-rays
- Teeth cleaning & fluoride treatments
- Oral hygiene guidance
- Removal of baby teeth that hang on even after the new tooth has erupted
- Orthodontics (often early intervention can reduce or eliminate the need for more extensive treatment later). In more complex cases we may refer you to a Specialist Orthodontist.
- Sports mouthguards
When should I make my kids’ first appointment?
We recommend kids start seeing the dentist by the time they turn 2, however, you are welcome to bring them in earlier if you have any questions or concerns.
How often does my child need to see a dentist?
Very young children generally only need to see the dentist every 12 months, however, sometimes the dentist may request they are seen every 6 months. We will talk to you about this at your appointment.
Get them comfortable at the dentist!
Forming good associations with the dentist is vital for children while they are young so that they can get used to coming in, and fear of dentists can be avoided. It is imperative that their facial growth and dental development are monitored closely while they are growing so that they can avoid crowding of teeth and jaw issues.
We can assess and address other factors as soon as possible, such as:
- large tonsils
- sleep apnoea/snoring
- mouth breathing
- thumb sucking
Any problems can be diagnosed early, so, bring your kids to see us so that your child can develop a happy, healthy, trusting relationship with their dentist.
What about teenagers and their teeth?
If your child plays a contact sport, a fitted mouthguard from your dentist offers the best protection. Chat to us about the colours and styles available.
Sugary sports drinks
Energy and sports drinks contain so much acid and sugar that they start destroying teeth after only a few days of consistent use. Damaged enamel can cause sensitivity and susceptibility to decay and cavities.