At Island Dental, we help kids develop good oral hygiene habits early on so that they can look after their teeth and keep their smiles healthy into adulthood. We strive to make your kid’s dental experience a positive one with our comprehensive children’s dentistry services.

Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

As a child-friendly dentist, we believe that your child’s first visit to the dentist should be as positive and calming as possible. When you bring your child into our clinic for their first appointment, our team will perform a gentle check on your child’s dental health in a friendly, relaxed environment. We will also discuss oral hygiene habits and provide information about teeth-friendly snacks.

To help you prepare for your child’s first dental appointment, we have put together some of our most frequently asked questions about children’s dentistry below.

What Age Should My Child Have Their First Dentist Appointment?

The ideal time for your child’s first dentist visit is around their first birthday or when their teeth begin to erupt (whichever comes first). Even if your child’s teeth have not yet come through by the time they are one year old, it’s important to book them in for an appointment to maintain the health of their gums, lips, and mouth.

How Often Should My Child See the Dentist?

It’s a good idea to then bring your child to see us twice a year for a check-up so that we can keep an eye on their oral health. With regular dental check-ups for your child, we aim to detect any potential problems early. All our team are careful to take a patient and gentle approach, aiming to create a positive association with visiting the dentist.

Bulk-billed Children’s Dentist Appointments With the Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Dental treatment for your kids could come with no out-of-pocket expense at a children-friendly dentist like Island Dental, thanks to the government’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). You may qualify to receive up to $1,000 of CDBS benefits over two years towards the cost of your children’s dental treatment.

The CDBS includes dental examinations, X-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canal treatment or tooth extractions. Find out more about fee-free dental care for kids through the Services Australia CDBS information page.