Oral health should be something your child is taught from a young age Preventive care and maintenance are incredibly important aspects of dental care that your child should be taught from a young age. Our team pride ourselves making sure that your child has a positive association with visiting the dentist. What age should your child start visiting the dentist? Making sure that your child is comfortable with the dental practice and surroundings is the most important thing. Bringing your child with you during your own dental visits is a great way to introduce them to the team and practice, because eventually it will be their turn to sit in the chair. We recommend bringing your child in to visit us as early as two years of age. This will give us a chance to take a look at the growth of their baby teeth and ensure that their are no issues that require immediate treatment. If you do notice any issues before the age of two, don’t be afraid to book an appointment with us to assess your concerns. Although your child’s baby teeth will fall out to make way for their adult teeth, the development of the baby teeth are very important to ensure correct development of the adult teeth, gums and bite. Helpful tips for healthy teeth There are a number of tips that can help your child to keep their teeth healthy. When your child visits us here at Surf Coast Dental, we always try to offer some helpful and fun tips for them to follow. Here are some of our favourites: Play games when brushing teeth and incorporate their favourite movie or cartoon characters Begin brushing your child’s teeth with a soft bristled toothbrish as soon as their first tooth erupts Tell them positive stories about the dentist, even if you are afraid yourself Try not to let your child sip on sugary and acidic drinks, such as juice Medicare Child Dental Benefit Schedule At Surf Coast Dental, we offer bulk-billed treatments under the Medicare child dental benefit schedule (CDBS) for patients who are eligible. The total benefit allowed is $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS is means tested, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment. The CDBS covers a range of general dental treatments and is does not cover orthodontics or cosmetic dental work. Your child must be between 2-17 years of age to qualify. If you have any questions about the CDBS, please don’t hesitate to contact our team for further details.