Your Castle Hill dentists can highly trained to utilised equipment specialised for children so they can deliver a superior level of patient care.
Children benefit from routine check-ups to enable early detection of dental disease and the best possible treatment. Baby teeth have a lower mineral content and decay can then progress much faster than in adult teeth and prevention is key. Your Castle Hill dentist offers specific preventative treatments, such as fissure seals and fluoride treatment.
Our general and preventative services include
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Fissure Seals: Back teeth have complex grooves and pits on the biting surface which makes it difficult to clean, especially for children. That’s why our dentists recommend doing fissure seals on all back teeth for your child at the age of 6, as they erupt.
Fissure seals are similar to fillings but require little to no drilling. They can help to:
- Reduce the risk of decay by sealing bacteria off
- Making oral hygiene and brushing easier
- Keep your teeth healthy for longer
Mouthguards: If your child regularly play contact sports, you may need to consider getting a custom-made mouthguard to prevent impact injuries.
- Protects your teeth, lips and jaw
- Custom-fit and comfortable
- Wide Range of colours available
Custom-fit mouthguards are precisely fitted to your teeth to ensure maximum absorption of the impact forces to minimise the trauma to your jaw, mouth or teeth.
Although these cost more than your standard, one-size-fits-all mouthguard, making the investment now, can save you time, money and from discomfort in the future from the dental procedures required to fix your child’s dental injuries.
Dental trauma is extremely common in young children and must be dealt with immediately to ensure minimal long-term damage to their smile. At Castle Hill Dental Care, we always endeavour to leave emergency appointments every day so your child can receive timely treatment. For more information on dental emergencies, please refer here.
Knocked out your tooth (Avulsed tooth)?
It is not uncommon for children and adults to knock out their teeth (avulsed teeth). In such an event follow the instruction illustrated in the below and Call us IMMEDIATELY on (02) 9680 1212.
- Find and pick up the tooth by the crown (the top white part). Touching the root can damage the root surface which is essential to save the tooth.
- Make sure it is an adult tooth, because baby teeth will not be put back in as they might damage the tooth buds of the erupting adult tooth.
- If the tooth is dirty, gently wash it in milk or saline solution or contact lens solution.
- If you can, place the tooth back in the socket, make sure it is in the right orientation and hold it by the crown.
- If could be replanted, hold it under the person tongue(this does not apply to children as they might swallow or chock on it). Or place it in milk or saline/contact lens solution till you see our dentist
Our team understands that visits to the dentist can often be a daunting and task in itself. That’s why our practice aims to make every appointment comfortable, relaxing and positive. For those who experience anxiety with dental treatment, we have onsite inhalation sedation administered by our fully trained dentists. This is a reliable, safe and effective method of helping our patients stay calm and comfortable whilst staying completely alert and responsive to ensure you can receive the highest standard of care.
Loss of baby teeth, spacing, crowding, or tilted teeth can sometimes benefit from early treatment to help reduce the time required for treatment or complexity of the case. Every individual’s smile is different and there are a range of treatment options available with advances in dental technology.
We offer both traditional orthodontics (metal and ceramic) as well as Invisalign to ensure you get the treatment that suits your needs. Our practice firmly believes that financial circumstances should not hinder or delay your child’s access to treatment, which is why we offer flexible, interest free* payment plans.
For more information on getting orthodontic treatment at your local Castle Hill dentist, please refer here.
What to expect from your child’s appointment at Castle Hill Dental Care
We know how hard it visits to the dentist can be so we actively try to make it a positive experience. Our clinic also provides inhalation sedation to calm anxious patients so they can comfortably receive the treatment they need.
PREVENT & CONSERVE
We believe that nothing beats preserving your child’s natural teeth and our dentists are highly trained to provide preventative treatments and help your child’s teeth stay healthy and strong!
REBATES, MEDICARE (CDBS), FLEXIBLE PAYMENT OPTIONS
At Castle Hill Dental Care, we offer HICAPS facilities to provide immediate health fund and Medicare rebates. For more extensive treatment, we also offer interest free* payment plans.
Our dentists believe in life-long learning to ensure your child gets the best. We always endeavour to keep your child (and the family) with the same doctor to help build a life-long health relationship.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) work?
The CDBS scheme is a dental benefits program for eligible children aged 2-17 years which provides $1000 in benefits to the child for basic dental services* which may include:
- Fissure seals
- Root Canals
At Castle Hill Dental Care, we’re proud to provide all eligible dental services under bulk billing payment facilities. For more information, please feel free to enquire today or refer to the CDBS information site.
Why do baby teeth need fillings?
Although baby teeth are usually lost by the age of 13 and replaced by adult teeth, leaving decay in baby teeth can result in a number of complications.
Just like in adult teeth, cavities in baby teeth can cause toothaches and spread into the nerve and through to the rest of the body. If they aren’t treated early, they may also damage the underlying adult tooth or require extraction. The early loss of baby teeth is often associated with crowding or rotated adult teeth which can make orthodontic treatment necessary in the future.
What do I do if my child knocks out their tooth?
We understand the dental chair can often be an intimidating place to be. To ensure you can get the treatment you need in comfort, our dentists are fully trained to administer gas sedation (nitrous oxide, or commonly known as ‘laughing gas’) to help with any dental anxiety. For more information on how this can work for you, please refer here or make an enquiry today!
Knocked out teeth are a dental emergency and require IMMEDIATE attention. Do NOT re-implant baby teeth as you may damage the adult tooth behind it.
Adult teeth should be replanted in the mouth after being rinsed in milk or saliva immediately. The faster the tooth is replanted in the mouth, the better the long-term outcome.
Once this is done, book an emergency appointment as soon as possible to ensure the tooth can be properly stabilised and assessed.
For more information, please refer here .
Is thumb sucking going to hurt my child's teeth?
Thumb-sucking is fairly normal for infants and young children, however, most children will stop on their own. If a child continues beyond the age of 3, we advise parents to discourage the habit as prolonged sucking can lead to crooked teeth and bite problems in both the baby and adult teeth.
For more tailored advice and recommendations to target this habit, speak to your friendly Castle Hill Dentist today.
When should I bring my child in for their first check-up?
The Australian Dental Association recommends bringing your child to visit the dentist within 6 months of their first baby tooth erupting which typically occurs at 6 months of age or by the age of 1. This will help detect any early risk factors which can be modified or monitored and to ensure parents are fully equipped with the relevant oral hygiene and dietary information. Parents play a critical role in being an example to their children. Prioritising oral hygiene and teaching your children to floss and brush early will help them keep these habits for life.