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At Vineyard Dental we believe that teaching children effective dental habits from an early age is important to ensure lifelong good oral health practices.
It is important to look after your child’s teeth right from the first baby tooth. All children should start their first dental visit around the age of 2. If you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late to start.
General timeline for children teething
Your child’s baby teeth usually appear from around 6 months old, up to 2.5 years old. All baby teeth should appear by the age of 3. Your child starts to lose the baby teeth at the age of 6 and their adult teeth will gradually replace them until around the age of 13.
A fissure sealant is a thin coating of resin that is placed over the tooth to cover deep grooves and fissures. It helps to prevent food and plaque from accumulating. It is a quick and painless procedure that requires only a single visit.
When should fissure sealants be done?
At Vineyard Dental, we recommend that your child has their first fissure sealants bonded around the age of 6-7 years old (once the first permanent molars have fully erupted) and replaced around the age of 12-14 years for the second molars.
Fissure sealants can be bonded at any age, as long as decay has not developed on your teeth. Fissure sealants are also effective for adults.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule
The Australian Government have introduced a dental scheme called Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), which provides benefits for basic dental services to children and teens aged 2-17 years for families that receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or other Australian Government payments.
Each eligible child and teen is entitled to $1,000 of benefit over two calendar years. All preventive treatments under CDBS such as Check-up, Cleans, intraoral X-rays, Fluoride Treatment, and Fissure Sealants are FULLY COVERED at our clinic as long as there is sufficient benefit available. If you are unsure if your child is eligible, let us know! We are more than happy to check for you.
Call our friendly team at Vineyard Dental to book your child’s oral health check-up today.
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