At what age should I bring my child to the dentist?

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At The Smile Designer, we know that the sooner your child visits our clinic, the better the experience. We recommend children visit our clinic for the first time around the age of 1 or when their first tooth appears. 

Regular check-ups and teeth cleaning are essential for children to maintain good oral health and prevent future problems with their teeth and gums. Early visits can also help establish a positive relationship between the child and the kid’s dentist and make future appointments less stressful for the child and the parent.In this piece, we will examine why your baby and children need oral health care from a young age.

Does A Baby Need to Have their Teeth Checked?

In Australia, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time by age one or within six months of the eruption of their first tooth. This early visit allows a thorough examination of your child’s mouth, checks for potential issues, and provides guidance to the parents on properly caring for their child’s teeth and gums.

During the first visit, our dentists who well trained in children’s dental care, usually check for any signs of tooth decay, evaluates the child’s bite, and ensures that the child’s jaw and teeth are developing correctly. They will also demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques and provide guidance on the appropriate use of fluoride.

Parents need to understand that dental care for babies is not just about cleaning their teeth. It’s also about educating them and their parents about the importance of good habits, such as diet and oral hygiene routines. This early education can help prevent future dental problems, such as gum disease and the decay of teeth.

Long-Term Benefits of Bringing Your Child to the Dentist at a Young Age

Bringing your child to our clinic at a young age can have many long-term benefits for their oral health. Some of these key benefits include the following:


Prevention of tooth decay

By visiting the clinic regularly, any signs of tooth decay are identified and treated early before they become more serious. This can help prevent tooth loss, pain, and the need for more extensive treatments in the future.


Education on oral hygiene

Our team can educate both children and parents on the importance of good oral hygiene habits. This education can help prevent future problems with your children’s teeth.


Establishing a positive relationship with clinic staff

These visits can help children to feel more comfortable and less anxious about future dental visits. With many adults who still ‘fear’ the dentist, the earlier these relationships are established can make it easier, when necessary, treatments are required, helping prevent dental phobias from developing.


Early detection of oral health issues

Identifying oral health concerns at a young age means they can be treated early. This can prevent the need for more extensive treatments in the future and can also help to ensure that the child’s jaw and teeth are developing correctly.



Finding and treating issues early on can save money in the long run. For example, cavities treated early on with a simple filling are less expensive than a root canal or extraction if the decay were allowed to progress.

What to Expect for kids first dental visit

When visiting for your children’s first dental visit at The Smile Designer, parents can expect a child-friendly and welcoming environment. Our friendly team focus on providing comprehensive and gentle dental care for children. Here are some things that parents can expect when visiting our clinic:


A thorough examination

We will examine the child’s teeth, gums, bite, and jaw development to check for any issues such as tooth decay, crowding or malocclusion. They may also take X-rays, if needed, to check for problems that are not visible during a visual exam.


Cleaning and fluoride treatment

Our team will clean the child’s teeth and may apply fluoride to help protect against tooth decay.


Discussion of any issues or concerns

If the dentist identifies any issues or concerns, they will discuss them with the parents and provide recommendations for treatment or follow-up care.


Kid-friendly environment

The office decoration is welcoming, light and bright to help your children feel at ease during their visit.


Scheduling of follow-up appointments

Our customer service team will schedule regular check-up appointments to monitor the child’s oral health and ensure that any issues continue to be appropriately managed.


Use of language and communication style suitable for the child’s age and development level

All our staff are trained to communicate with children in an age-appropriate and easy-to-understand manner.

It is important to know that under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), eligible children aged 2-17 years can receive $1000 of benefits for a range of services over two consecutive calendar years. This means that the government covers the cost of dental care for children from eligible families.

Visit The Smile Designer for Children’s Dental Care

Visiting a kid’s dentist in Australia can be a positive and educational experience for parents and children. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming and, in some cases, fearful, especially if your child gets to know them from a young age.

If you are looking for high-quality children’s dental care in Australia, look no further than The Smile Designer. Our team of experienced and friendly dentists and staff are dedicated to providing comprehensive and gentle dental care for children in a kid-friendly environment.

Schedule an appointment for your child today at The Smile Designer and give them the gift of good oral health. We go above and beyond to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for you and your child, so call us or book online and take the first step towards a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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Our Preston dental clinic remains open 5 days a week. We offer morning and evening appointments to cater to your busy lifestyle. We invite and welcome all new patients as well existing patients to our state-of-the-art clinic to experience a smile journey like no other.
Our quality dental treatments at an affordable price range will make you love visiting us. For more information on our services and payment plan, Contact us today on (03)9034 5949 or [email protected]. You can also use our online form or our online booking platform to schedule an appointment with us.
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