For kids, prevention is better than cure
Catering to the needs of all children, adolescents and patients with special needs.
From the time they get their first few teeth, children are susceptible to tooth decay as well as other dental complications. We recommend their first visit no later than 12 months old. Not only will this visit allow them to take their first steps into getting comfortable with the dental chair and surroundings, but will also ensure that they are being provided with important oral maintenance.
Can be both nerve racking for child and parent!
You can be assured that our team of Tweed Heads dentists are trained and well equipped to make your child relax and feel at ease in the dental environment. We have a dedicated clinic room just for children which adds to the comfort we provide with our dental services. Our special clinic room will allow children to not only feel welcome in the practice but also put them at ease before and during treatment. Our objective at TC Smiles is to make first visits an enjoyable and memorable experience!
By ensuring regular visits to the dentist from a young age, not only are good oral hygiene habits established at home, our team can also ensure any dental problems are picked up early and treated immediately. Routine visits from childhood lead to healthy and positive relationships between child, parent and the dentist. Our staff will ensure that your child will receive the utmost care in a safe environment and we will go above and beyond to make the experience a positive and happy one. As “prevention is better than cure” we recommend all children visit us twice yearly so that any potential issues can be picked up early.
Key Teeth Milestones
Below is a table showing some key dates for children and their teeth eruption. Please be mindful that this is not a strict guide, if you have any concerns with your child’s teeth do not hesitate to book an appointment with one of our friendly dentists.
6-10mnths: Upper central incisors
8-13mnths: Lower central incisors
8-16mnths: Lateral incisors
13-19mnths: First molars
16-23mnths: Canine teeth
25-33mnths: Second molars
6-7yo: First molars
6-8yo: Central incisors
7-8yo: Lateral incisors
9-13yo: Canine teeth
11-13yo: Second molars
17-21yo: Wisdom Teeth (if any)
Teething is the process of baby teeth erupting/coming out. This can often be a distressful time for both parent and child. The whole process takes on average around 8 days. That’s 4 days prior to eruption and then 3 days after. You may notice a bluish lump around the surfacing baby tooth during this time, this is known as an eruption cyst and will naturally go away without treatment.
Tips for teething include:
Cleaning and massaging the gum where the tooth is coming out using a finger or wet cloth
Using teething rings which apply gentle pressure on the area can provide some comfort
Children’s pain killers if necessary
Once the baby teeth have started to come through it is extremely important that the right steps are taken to look after them. It is commonly mistaken that baby teeth are not important because they will eventually be replaced by the permanent adult teeth, however this is not correct. Ensuring the baby teeth are healthy and strong allows your child to develop correct chewing and speech patterns, as well as ensuring all the adult successors come out in the correct position.
As we have mentioned before, prevention is better than cure. No parent wants to see their child have to go through extensive dental treatment, so we will work with you to achieve prevention of dental decay and infection in your child’s mouth. With good home oral hygiene, good diet and regular dental visits, the majority of these problems will be kept at bay!
There are many ways to help maintain your child’s oral health at home.
This can include:
Assisting your child with brushing until the age of 6
Using children’s toothpaste for under 6’s (no or minimal fluoride)
Switching to adult toothpaste for 6 and over
Using only a pea size amount of toothpaste
Always try and minimise all sugars in the diet
6 monthly Oral Health Maintenance visits with your dentist
We encourage all children and adolescents to enjoy an active and fun lifestyle. Majority of the time this will include a contact or non-contact sporting activity. To prevent impact and wear on teeth we recommend the wearing of a custom-made mouth guard, which will ensure your kids teeth are always protected.
Gap Free & CDBS Scheme
We strongly believe all children should have easy and affordable access to dental care. All children’s examinations at TC Smiles and cleans are GAP FREE with any health fund! For those without a health fund, the CDBS Scheme is an option that can offer up to $1000 worth of FREE KIDS DENTAL!!!
The Child Dental Benefit Schedule provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital. Eligible children will have access to a benefit cap of $1,000 over a two calendar year period. To be eligible a child must be aged between 2-17 years and their family must receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment. Families can check whether their child is eligible for the CDBS by contacting the Department of Human Services. General information about the program can also be found on the Department of Human Services website.