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Brisbane Dentist - excellence in general and aesthetic dentistry with Drs Amy Daley, Leila Haywood, UQ graduates with 20 years of experience in Spring Hill, Brisbane

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The life and times of our dental practice, up to date news in dentistry and celebrations, happy moments in dentistry. Our blog outlines dentistry life at Brisbane Smile Boutique in Spring Hill in inner city Brisbane

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Dental visits for children

Leila Haywood

In the last 20 years of practicing as a dentist I am sure of one thing – having positive, nurturing regular visits to the dentist from a young age is crucial.  Teeth appear at roughly six months and while brushing should begin then, a child’s fist dental visit really isn’t viable until about three years of age.  Even then sometimes we can only expect a ride in the chair (spaceship or fairy cloud) and maybe a quick count of the teeth.  I focus on how we can make children’s visits as enjoyable as possible.

TOP 5 TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR A DENTAL VISIT

  1. Try to prepare your child for their first visit by discussing with them what a dentist does, and what happens when you go to the dentist.  Explain that the dentist might wear a special coat and mask, and will lay you back in their magic chair and give you some sunglasses to wear, while they use special tools to count your teeth.  You can tell them that it won’t hurt, and it might even be fun.
  2. Even if you yourself are a bit apprehensive about the dentist: try not to pass on your own fears.
  3. Read some of the great range of books available about first dental visits. Even looking at some of the pictures will help familiarise your little ones with what to expect.
  4. Ask around your friends and family for a dentist that is experienced in treating children.  Let the receptionist know when you book the appointment that it is your child’s first visit.
  5. Consider booking your own appointment at the same time so that your child can see you in the dental chair and see how comfortable and happy you are!
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Child Dental Benefits Schedule increased

Leila Haywood

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The Australian Dental Association has been advocating for restoration of the cap on dental treatment and care that is available to eligible children. In December last year, with support of Labor and the Greens, the Government announced that the CDBS would be retained, but that it would be reduced from $1000 to $700 over 2 years. 

Urgent discussions with the Federal Health minister, along with support from  key Senators who were opposed to the cuts to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule cap, have resulted in the Australian Government advising that the original figure of $1000 will be reinstated. 

The reduction to $700 would have resulted in 25% of children who have accessed the program, not being in a position have had their treatment needs met. Dental disease in children is on the rise, which 40% of children aged 5 to 10 having decay in their baby teeth, and 30% of children aged 9-14 having decay in their permanent teeth. A reduction in the ability to provide oral health care and preventive strategies for these children and their families is bad news. 

Today's decision by the Health minister ensures that the CDBS remains a critically important investment in the dental health of disadvantaged Australian children to help these children access the care and assistance that they need for a healthy life, with their private dentist of choice. As a community service, our dental professionals will bulk bill for eligible children for their dental care.