Kids' dental treatments
As well as giving your child a comprehensive oral health assessment, we may recommend other treatments to help prevent problems from developing or to treat a condition that's already present.
Hygiene treatment for Kids
After checking your child's teeth and gums, we'll offer to give them a professional clean and scale to remove any plaque that may have built up and lower their risk of tooth decay. We can also apply fluoride to help strengthen their teeth against plaque.
Fissure sealants for children
Tooth-coloured fissure sealants can be applied to the grooves and pits on top of the teeth to provide a barrier of protection against plaque. This helps to lower the risk of tooth decay in kids' teeth and can also make them easier to brush.
If a tooth has already been attacked by decay and has formed a cavity, we can fill this in using a white filling. Glass-ionomer fillings restore the strength and appearance of a damaged tooth and also release fluoride that helps to protect the tooth against further plaque attacks.
If your child plays sport at school or enjoys other outdoor activities, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that they wear a custom mouthguard. Our dentists can create a mouthguard that fits perfectly over their teeth, offering more protection than a generic mouthguard from a store.
Orthodontics usually begins from the age of 11–13, but we can assess children for orthodontic problems such as crooked teeth or alignment issues as soon as their permanent teeth start to come through. Early orthodontic treatment can sometimes reduce the need to wear braces when they get older.
Sleep apnoea treatment
Sleep apnoea can affect people of all ages, including 2% to 3% of children. A disturbed sleep can result in behavioural problems and affect health and wellbeing in many ways, so book an appointment with our children's dentists in Sydney if you think your child might have a sleep disorder.
How to care for kids' teeth at home
Preventive care doesn't end at the dental clinic. We can also offer advice about how to take the best care of your children's teeth at home and at school through a good oral hygiene routine.
Parents should start to brush their children's teeth as soon as they appear. This should be done at least twice a day, brushing for two minutes each time once all of their teeth have come through.
Young children can't brush on their own. They'll need help brushing until they're able to move the toothbrush properly themselves, usually after the age of 7. They should use low-fluoride children's toothpaste until the age of 6 and be taught not to swallow toothpaste.
Daily flossing is also important for removing plaque and food trapped between teeth in spaces a toothbrush can't reach. Flossing should be done before brushing, ideally in the evening before bedtime. You should start to floss your kids' teeth as soon as they have 2 teeth that touch together.
Bacteria in plaque is fed by sugar in certain foods and drinks. They convert this sugar into acid that wears down teeth and forms cavities. Limiting or avoiding sugary snacks and drinks will help to prevent tooth decay.
Kids should be encouraged to follow a balanced diet to get all the vitamins and nutrients they need for healthy development. Milk and tap water are the best drinks for kids as they help to strengthen their teeth against decay.
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Meet our oral health kids dentist therapists
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How much does it cost to see a children's dentist?
Cost shouldn't be a barrier to making sure your kids get the quality dental care they deserve. That's why we aim to make children's dentistry affordable with our family friendly special offer and other financial assistance.
Many children aged 2–17 in Australia can claim the cost of dental care from the government's Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). This provides up to $1,000 of basic services for each 2-year period.
To find out if you're eligible to make a claim, talk to our team at Sailors Bay Dentistry or check the Department of Human Services website.
Book an appointment with a children's dentist in Northbridge – We also cover Chatswood, Artarmon, Crows Nest, Castlecrag, Lane Cove and Naremburn
Is your child due for a check-up, or do you want some advice about how to care for their teeth? Contact our friendly team at Sailors Bay Dentistry to make a family appointment at a time that suits your busy schedule.
Looking for an experienced children's dentist and based in one of the following suburbs: Castlecrag, Naremburn, Chatswood, Artarmon, Crows Nest or Lane Cove? Call us on (02) 9958 0400 or contact us today.