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Child Benefits

The CDBS is the Commonwealth Government dental scheme which commenced on January 1st, 2014. From January 1st, 2021 this is being increased from $1000 to $1013 maximum benefit entitlement for dentistry, generally over two consecutive calendar years.

The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.

When a child is proven eligible at any time during the year, that child will be deemed eligible for that whole calendar year. Eligibility is determined solely by Medicare, not by the dentist.

First Time Visits

It is important for the child’s parent or guardian to be present during the appointment so that we can discuss and explain our findings with you. We also ask that you complete the medical history form and pre-appointment questionnaire prior to your arrival (documents can be found at the bottom of the page). Referral documents and any radiographs should also be brought along to your first visit.

We begin our first appointments with an interview to discuss your child’s concerns and needs. Following that, your child will then be examined in either our consulting room or in a dental chair. Where possible, your child’s first visit will include a thorough dental examination and radiographs (x-rays) may be taken.

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Treatment Visits

Treatments are either performed in our rooms or at Lingard Private Hospital. Treatment is timed and staged to suit each individual patient through discussions with the patient and family. Where possible, price estimates for treatment will be provided prior to the appointment. However, this is not always possible.

General Anaesthesia

General Anaesthesia is used in paediatric dentistry to allow treatment without causing undue distress or discomfort for the patient. During a general anaesthetic a patient is maintained in a state of controlled unconsciousness. This is done using medications administered by an anaesthetist. Medications may be administered as a gas, breathed by the patient or through a small cannula. The anaesthetist ensures comfort and safety by continuously monitoring the patient. Modern anaesthesia in Australia is considered to be safe due to the high standard of education and training as well as access to modern medications and equipment.

A general anaesthetic may be recommended based on your child's age, medical conditions, anxiety and complexity of work required. Parents have an important role in the care of their children as they go to sleep and wake up. Your anaesthetist will explain this. You must remain at the hospital during your child's stay and organise care for other children. Most general anaesthetics for dental treatment are performed as day surgery and your child will go home that day.

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Dental Hygienists

What is a Dental Hygienist?

A Dental Hygienist is an oral health professional who specialises in the prevention of oral disease. It requires a three-year university degree in Oral Health.

The primary focus of a Dental Hygienist is to work with the patient and dentist to prevent diseases of the teeth and gums including decay. This is achieved through the assessment of potential problems, carrying out preventive treatments and educating, to help patients and families achieve their oral health goals.

Dental Hygienists are common throughout the world and KidsSmile is proud to bring this gold standard of dental care to our patients.

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Imaging

Orthopantomogram (OPG)
An OPG is a panoramic x-ray of the upper and lower jaws, including the teeth. The OPG unit is specifically designed to rotate around the patient’s head during the scan. An OPG will take approximately 20 seconds.

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scan
CBCT scanner uses x-rays to produce cross-sectional and 3D images of the upper and lower jaw including all teeth. It is non-invasive, safe, quick and provides precise results.

Periapical (PA) radiograph
Images of a few teeth captured at one time using small film cards inserted in the mouth on which the teeth can close.

Bitewings (molar and pre-molar)
Captures structures of the upper and lower jaws simultaneously in one image using a small file card inserted in the mouth on which the teeth can close

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Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation, also called Relative Analgesia (RA), happy gas or laughing gas, is a form of conscious sedation where your child remains awake throughout their dental treatment. The aim of this technique is to make treatment more comfortable, decrease anxiety and provide a state of relaxation. This technique is often used in young children who are able to tolerate a nasal hood (mask).

Please ensure that you do not bring any other children to the sedation appointment, as your child will require your full attention. Children easily perceive anxiety in others, especially anxious parents! Please assist us by reassuring your child before and after their procedure. We ask you do NOT use words with negative associations such as needle, pain, or injection. The dentist will explain the procedures to your child, step by step, on the day of appointment.

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Fissure Sealants

Fissures are grooves that naturally occur on the biting surfaces of teeth. Not all fissures are prone to decay, only the deepest and narrowest are at risk. The deep and narrow grooves in teeth trap food which is often difficult to remove. Trapped food attracts harmful bacteria and in turn causes tooth decay.

Dental Caries is a preventable disease affecting quality of life for those who have it. Good Oral hygiene is of upmost importance in the prevention of decay.

Sealing pits and fissures is an effective method for reducing tooth decay. These sealants are quick and painless and can be placed by your Dental Hygienist.

The material used to fill these deep grooves is similar to that of a tooth coloured filling, however it requires no removal of the tooth surface.

  • Tooth surface is thoroughly cleaned and dried
  • Liquid sealant is painted into the deep grooves and pits
  • A strong light is used to set the sealant material
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Space Maintainer

Space Maintainer Appliances
Space maintainers have a long history in paediatric dentistry across the globe. The aim of their use is to minimize or prevent the loss of arch length due to the premature loss of a deciduous (baby) tooth. They may be in the form of a band with a loop or two bands and a wire in the palate (roof of mouth) or along the inner aspect of the lower teeth (lingual arch). Their aim is to remain passively in place until the eruption of the permanent teeth.

Considerations for the use of space maintainers
Premature loss of a baby tooth generally results in the loss of space for the adult teeth. This space loss may cause crowding and impaction of the adult teeth, requiring orthodontic correction or extraction of adult teeth.

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Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless Steel Crowns (SSC) have a long history in paediatric dentistry across the globe. Crowns are prefabricated with multiple sizes and shapes available for molar teeth. They are extremely durable and as such are an invaluable material for paediatric dentists.

Indications for stainless steel crowns

  • Teeth with large carious lesions (holes)
  • Teeth that have had pulp therapy
  • Where the quality of the remaining tooth structure is poor (chalky, or hypomineralised) - (including adult teeth that will need porcelain crowns once a child has stopped growing)
  • Teeth with excessive wear (due to erosion or grinding habits)
  • Children who require general anaesthesia for dental care
  • Children with a high decay rate (Australasian Academy for Paediatric Dentistry Guidelines)
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Pre-formed Zirconium Crowns

Zirconium crowns are increasingly being in paediatric dentistry across the globe.

Crowns are prefabricated with multiple sizes and shapes available for all teeth. They are an extremely durable restoration and as such are an invaluable material for paediatric dentists.

Indications for Zirconium crowns in deciduous (Baby Teeth):

  • Teeth Fractured due to trauma
  • Teeth with large carious lesions (holes)
  • Teeth that have had pulp therapy
  • Where the quality of the remaining tooth structure is poor (hypomineralized)
  • Teeth with excessive wear (due to erosion or grinding habits)
  • Children who require general anaesthesia for dental care
  • Children with a high decay rate
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Infant Oral Function Clinic

Our Infant Oral Function Clinic is held in conjunction with highly experienced Speech Pathologist Angeline Randall, of Merewether Speech.

The service provides a timely assessment in a private setting to support families during breast feeding difficulties and to assess oral function using known internationally accepted assessment tools in infants less than 12 months of age.

This clinic requires a referral from a health professional which stipulates difficulty with feeding and or ankyloglossia (restricted lingual frenum plus functional limitation; ie. tongue or lip tie) requiring lingual or labial frenotomy.

Healthy Snacks, Healthy Teeth

Dental decay has been linked to sweet and acid foods. Plaque bacteria in the mouth changes sweet food into acid, which causes tooth decay. It is highly important to reduce the number of times per day that decay producing food or drink is taken. Children at high risk for decay need to have gaps between meals, so they only eat five times a day. This reduces the amount of acid in the mouth. Drinks of water and milk are welcome between meals because they reduce acid on the teeth.

Tooth-damaging foods and drinks are: sweetened drinks such as juice, cordial, Milo, Quik, Ribena, sports drinks, soft drinks (including sugar-free drinks), and sweet foods including dried fruit, fruit fingers, honey, jam, Nutella or muesli bars. Having these between meals or at school causes cavities. Children will remain at high risk if their diet is not modified.

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ECO Friendly

At KidSmile Paediatric Dental we are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint as much as possible. Running an environmentally friendly business helps reduce the impact on the environment and preserves natural resources. There are numerous ways we implement sustainable practices including but not limited to:

  • Recycling wherever possible
  • Online referrals
  • Paper cups for patients
  • Eco friendly cleaning products
  • Paperlite systems
  • Water filter
  • Reusable water bottles and kitchenware
  • LED lighting for energy efficiency
  • Registered with Terracycle for recycling of all brands of used or empty oral care products and packaging
  • Plaster trap
  • Solar power
  • Car pool
  • Autoclavable and reusable gowns
  • Established plant life
  • Rechargeable electronics and batteries
  • Online training and education where available
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