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Children’s Dentistry in Melbourne

If you’re looking for a children’s dentist in Melbourne, we can help. At Hampstead Dental we are a children’s dental clinic located in Maidstone, the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. We are experienced with managing and treating children of all ages. Our dedicated kid’s dentists and oral health therapists focus on making your child’s dental experience positive, fun and uplifting.

Compassionate and Caring Children’s Dentist Melbourne

We believe that caring for children’s teeth is extremely important for setting them up for strong healthy teeth for the remainder of their life! At Hampstead Dental we are a children’s dentist in Melbourne that aims to provide your child with dental treatment in a super friendly and fun way.

That’s why we encourage kids to come to a kid’s dentist from as early as 18months old. We know that getting to the dentist are often a nerve wracking, so we do everything we will to offer children a stress-free experience.

Not all dental clinics are also a children’s dental clinic so rest assured we love it when you bring your children along with you during your appointments, so they can have a ride within the chair and get some fun stickers to lift their confidence. This way we will begin to see their teeth from around three years aged and even start little treatments such a fissure sealants and dental cleaning.

Our focus is on being proactive in identifying areas of potential concern before they become a problem. We find that seeing a dedicated kid’s dentist for dental education and prevention the best course of action for young children at the dentist.

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Treatment for Kids

We are a paediatric dentist in Melbourne that provides specialized dental treatments just for children. Our Oral Health Therapist team are highly skilled with working with children and have each done special training to provide high-quality dental care for children up to age of 18 years.

Our paediatric treatments include:

  • Check-ups and cleans
  • Fissure sealants
  • Simple fillings
  • Pulpotomies (Baby tooth root treatment)
  • Dental crowns for baby teeth
  • Baby teeth extractions
  • Mouthguards
  • Orthodontic care
  • Emergency kids dental care

Specialised Children’s Dental Clinic Visit

Coming to our dedicated children’s dental clinic the first visit will be simple and easy! The most important thing for us is building up trust with the child and increasing their confidence. At Hampstead Children’s Dental Clinic, our goal is for all children to leave with a smile on their face.  Our team will do a complete check-up and counting of the teeth, and then finish with a cleaning and fluoride treatment. Matthew and Karen will make your child’s visit to the dentist exciting with pictures, stickers, prizes and our new ceiling TV screens also will keep them well entertained.

What to Expect

Here is an overview of what to expect at our wonderful children’s dental clinic in Maidstone.

Check and Counting of the Teeth

Our dedicated team of children’s dentists and therapists will do a thorough check-up of your child’s teeth. The children’s dentist or oral health therapist may also request to also take dental x-rays to check for decay that begins in-between the teeth. Baby teeth tend to disguise dental decay and lots of times we will only identify a cavity once we take diagnostic x-rays. Fortunately, the technology has improved dramatically and is now extremely safe and smaller so it’s easier for youngsters to hold the x-ray sensor in their mouth. Our practitioners at Hampstead children’s dental clinic recommends taking the first set of routine x-rays around 6 years of age.

Cleaning is Fun

Our lovely kid’s dentist will start cleaning your child’s baby teeth with a soft round polishing cup and special toothpaste designed for young children or a vibrating ultrasonic cleaner with water for the older kids. This allows for painless and effective removal of sentimental plaque and harden tartar or calculus from the surface of the tooth.

Being a dedicated paediatric dentist in Melbourne we believe prevention is key and recommend children coming every 6 months for a routine check-up and clean at our children’s dentist. We find that regular dental visits increase their confidence.

Learn about Brushing

We strive to teach young patients about brushing and caring for his or her teeth at an early age, which leads to better management of their teeth especially later in their adult years. Children’s teeth and brushing habits change rapidly so it’s important to watch closely how their dental health is progressing. Our kid’s dentist will closely monitor the new teeth coming through to select up whether orthodontic correction within the future is required.

Making Teeth Stronger!

At our devoted children’s dental clinic, we want to make baby teeth stronger! Fluoride is vital to stop cavities in baby teeth. With sugar displayed so much in the shops nowadays, fluoride is one among our only weapons of defence against decay. After the cleaning we provide the kids with a fluoride treatment in a soft flexible tray that has flavoured foam. This treatment helps harden the enamel and strengthen them against decay.

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Our Children’s Dental Clinic also does Braces!

If you are concerned about the position of your child’s teeth, then our skilled children’s dentist can also provide an orthodontist assessment for them. Our paediatric team at Hampstead Dental can evaluate whether your child requires preventative orthodontics.

The conditions we can address include:

  • Extra teeth
  • Severe overcrowding
  • Jaw growth abnormalities
  • Missing teeth
  • Protruding teeth due to thumb sucking
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Your child can be eligible for orthodontic treatment as early as age 7. Our kid’s dentist can refer you to our orthodontic dentist to start treatment at this young age, which can prevent trauma to protruding teeth, improve oral health and simplify treatment in the future. Orthodontic treatment will guide permanent teeth into their correct position and make a positive impact on jaw development.

Our children’s dentist will monitor the development of the baby teeth and if needed refer you to our orthodontic team within the clinic. They will recommend various preventative measures, depending on your child’s individual dental needs. For example, they’ll have problems with their top and bottom molars, making an appliance the foremost appropriate treatment option for them, worn 12-15 hours each day. Or if there has been a loss of a tooth early, they’ll need an appliance to guarantee that the opposite teeth don’t shift into the space where a permanent tooth may erupt.

Can I afford it?

We aim to provide affordable dental prices at our wonderful children’s dental clinic in Maidstone. We also accept the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) which is a program for families run by Medicare for children aged 2 to 17 years. The scheme provides cover of up to $1000 over a two-year period for basic dental services for all eligible families. It includes benefits for general dental treatments like cleans, fillings, fissure sealants, mouthguards, dental extractions and pulpotomies. Hampstead dental is happy use this rebate if you discover you’re eligible. Just bring your Medicare card to your child’s appointment and the cost is going to be covered by CBDS.

Why come to a Specialised Children’s Dental Clinic?

We know how important your child’s first dental experience is. At Hampstead Dental we are a much loved paediatric dentist in Melbourne that cater for children of all ages. Our wish is to supply a stress-free environment for you and your children. Many families keep returning to our children’s dental clinic thanks to our gentle touch and therefore the interactive way we talk with the youngsters. All of our Oral Health Therapists have children themselves and are passionate and experienced with handling children. Whether your child is especially anxious or just needs a new mouthguard our paediatric dental team will look after you and your family.

FAQ's

When should their first visit to the dentist be?

The overall consensus is as soon as your child has their first tooth. Sometimes this isn’t possible so around 18months old – two years is a good time to start. We suggest preparing them by reading them a book about coming to a children’s dental clinic or watching a cartoon about visiting a kid’s dentist. Always be positive and inform them it’s a fun and straightforward experience.

How long should children brush their teeth for?

Children should brush their teeth for 2 minutes twice each day. That is one minute on the upper teeth and one minute on lower teeth. Some electric toothbrushes have timers on them which makes it easy to time how long they brush. Another idea is letting your child listen to a song that’s two minutes long while they’re brushing their teeth.

When do baby teeth start to fall out?

Children start to lose their baby teeth around 6-7 years old. It is a gradual process and typically the lower front two teeth begin first then the upper front two teeth. Most of their baby teeth should be all gone the time they’re 12-13 years old.

How do I teach my child to brush their teeth?

Most children like to copy adults, so demonstrating how to clean your teeth for young children can really help. Also, showing them the right brushing technique in their own mouths or taking them to the children’s dentist to assist show them. Our children’s dentist will undergo the recommended tooth brushing technique together with your children using dental models.

Does my child need a mouthguard?

Mouthguards act as a protective covering for your teeth and gums. Front adult teeth come through around 7-8 years old, a time when many young children begin to play contact sports, so protecting these teeth is crucial to avoid a child from chipping their front teeth or knocking a tooth out. The Australian Dental Association strongly recommends always wearing a custom-made mouthguard in any sport.

At our children’s dental clinic in Maidstone we offer customised mouthguards at an affordable price and only in two short appointments. Our experienced kid’s dentist will take an impression of your child’s teeth in the first visit. Then the second visit will be the insert appointment, where they will check the correct fit and placement of the mouthguard. The boil and bite mouthguards aren’t recommended as they supply little protection for the teeth.

What is a Pulpotomy?

A pulpotomy may be a nerve treatment for heavily decayed primary tooth. If the baby tooth’s nerve is infected but the infection hasn’t reached the roots yet, our children’s dentist or oral health therapist can still try and save the tooth and keep it for an additional few years until it naturally falls out. The infected nerve is removed then a medicated lining is placed within the tooth to appease the nerve. A filling may be a placed on top then a baby crown to assist protect and seal off the tooth.

Do you use needles or injections?

If your child has had an accident and needs an emergency paediatric dentist, you can come to us. Yes, we do use numbing, but we prefer to not mentioned needles or injections in front of the youngsters. We use alterative language like ‘sleeping juice’ or ‘fairy juice’. We always use numbing cream first and find there’s no pain involved the needle and therefore the child isn’t afraid or traumatised.

How do I teach my child to eat less sugary foods?

Our children’s dental clinic strongly believes in being a good example. Focusing on their overall health and not just particular foods. Home cook as many meals as you can. Involve them in your meal planning or shopping. Provide healthy snack alternative. Limit the portions they eat. All of those things can help them benefit their dental health by developing good habits.

What foods are bad for their teeth?

Sweets and lollies can very quickly cause cavities. Especially chewy lollies get stuck in your teeth, releasing bacteria acids. Snacks filled with starch like chips and bread also can grind to a halt in-between the teeth and quickly cause decay. Dried fruit is additionally filled with hidden, refined sugars. Every kid’s dentist will agree that fresh fruit is always better!

Is apple or orange juice good for my child’s teeth?

Commercial, store bought juices have even as much sugar as soft drinks! Despite being advertised as a ‘healthy’ alternative, juices are literally high in sugar content. And sugar isn’t the sole culprit, citrus juices like lemon or fruit juice also can soften the enamel and cause sensitivity to the teeth. Water is usually a far better alterative and can also help rinse away any sugar or food that you simply or your child has eaten.

Can milk cause cavities in my kid’s teeth?

Milk is filled with calcium and also help with growth of teeth and bones. But it can cause dental cavities if inappropriately consumed. If the milk is released on the teeth slowly for an extended period of time, then it’s going to cause problems like dental decay. This usually happens when your child is left with a bottle of milk to slowly suck on all night. A better alternative to offer them their bottle of milk before they nod off then give them a touch water to drink before bedtime.

When will their adult teeth come through?

Adult teeth usually come through from 6 years onwards to 13 years. Every child is different and a few teeth come through later or before others. If you are concerned that your child’s adult teeth are taking too long to come through, we recommend coming our paediatric dental clinic in Maidstone to check that the teeth are all present and erupting at a healthy rate.

Does my child need braces?

Many times parents may stress that our child will need braces. This is sometimes true, however it’s hard to tell immediately how the teeth will come through because a child’s mouth is usually changing and growing. Around the age of 8-9 years old our children’s dental clinic will have a better picture of if your child will need braces. Common reasons for braces are severe crowding, overbite, protruding front teeth, small palate or jaw.

What are fissure sealants?

Fissure sealants are protective flowable material that is set in the deepest grooves of the teeth to provide a coating for the tooth. Some molars develop especially deep grooves or fissures in them which attracts food and bacteria, this will cause dental decay. Our kid’s dentist will identify these fissures then placing a transparent or white cream within the grooves and setting it effectively ‘seals’ up the grooves and stop the food from getting caught. This is a precautions and helps protect the teeth. It is a simple and safe procedure and cannot harm the teeth in any way.

Should my child be using fluoride toothpaste?

Yes, definitely. Most children’s toothpastes have fluoride in them but in smaller amounts. Fluoride is extremely important for shielding the teeth and preventing cavities. Natural toothpastes tend to get rid of the fluoride so check the label to confirm there is fluoride in it.