Frequently Asked Question :
- WHAT IS A PAEDIATRIC DENTIST?
Paediatric dentists are dentists who only treat children. They are the Paediatricians of dentistry. The Paediatric dentist has extra and specialized training and is dedicated to the oral health of children. Children of all ages (including those with special health needs) need different approaches in dealing with their behavior at the dentist. Paediatric dentists also guide children’s dental growth and development as well as help these children avoid future dental problems.
- WHAT AGE GROUP OF CHILDREN DO YOU TREAT AT THE KIDS’ DENTIST?
We treat children from birth to 18 years.
- HOW DO I FIND YOUR CLINIC?
A map, bus guide and general directions to The Kids Dentist can be found in our ‘Contact Us’ section.
- CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STAFF?
The Kids Dentist staff information and photographs are part of this site.
- WHAT ARE THE CHARGES LIKE AT THE KIDS DENTIST?
Our consultation charges range from $90-$110. Scaling and polishing charges are from $75 onwards while fillings are from $120-$160. We use only tooth-coloured fillings that do not contain mercury and safe for your child.
- WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD FIRST SEE A DENTIST?
The American Academies of Paediatric Dentistry and Paediatrics recommend that children see a Paediatric dentist by the child’s 1st birthday to prevent tooth decay and gum disease in the future.
- WHY IS PRIMARY OR “BABY” TEETH SO IMPORTANT?
Primary teeth, or baby-teeth, are important for (1) proper chewing and eating, (2) providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position, (3) permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the (4) development of speech and add to an (5) attractive appearance. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (ie molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.
- WHAT DENTAL PROBLEMS COULD A BABY HAVE?
A big concern is nursing or baby bottle tooth decay. A baby risks severe tooth decay when he or she nurses continuously from a bottle of milk formula, breastmilk or juice during naps or at night. However, the earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of parents and caregivers preventing dental problems.
- WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY?
Knowing what to do in a dental emergency is very important. Find helpful tips by reading the questions below on exactly what to do if an emergency happens in your family.
- WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD HAS A TOOTHACHE?
The parent can begin by cleaning around the painful tooth thoroughly. Use warm salt water and rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. DO NOT use aspirin or paracetamol on the aching tooth or on the gum. If the child has a facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, paracetamol (e.g. syrup Panadol or Calpol) is recommended. See a dentist as soon as possible.
- WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD HAS A BROKEN TOOTH?
The parent should rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments and get immediate dental attention.
- WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS A KNOCKED-OUT PERMANENT TOOTH?
The parent has to recover the tooth and be sure to hold it by the crown (top white portion) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing fresh milk or saliva. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth. The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
- WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD HAS A CUT OR BITTEN TONGUE, LIP OR CHEEK?
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, parents should apply firm (but gentle) pressure with a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency centre.