Child friendly dentists
At Greenland Dental, we take great pride in our ability to provide exceptional dental care to children of all ages. All our dentists are gentle, calm and have a lot of patience. These qualities make them great with children and ensure your child’s dental visit is as calm and stress free as possible.
Why bring your children for checkups?
Bringing your children to the dentist for regular checkups from a young age makes them feel comfortable in the dental chair and prepares them for a lifetime of stress free dental visits. Visiting the dentist also teaches children how to maintain good dental health. Regular dental checkups ensure problems are identified early and help you to prevent problems altogether. Visiting the dentist should be a fun experience and our team make sure each visit leaves a positive impression for your child. Leaving your child’s first visit until they are in pain will create a negative first impression and contribute to your child developing a dental phobia.
What age should children see the dentist
The Australian Dental Association recommend your child’s first visit should be when their first baby tooth erupts or when your child is 12 months of age. A great way to introduce your children to the dentist is to bring them along to watch your regular dental checkup. We would love to see your entire family at Greenland Dental, so don't be afraid to bring them along.
The key to a healthy smile is maintaining good hygiene and dietary habits and seeing the dentist routinely.
What to expect from your child's first visit
Our dentists enjoy helping you and your children learn about what you can do to prevent decay, gum disease and other dental problems. At your child's first dental visit the dentist will assess your child's teeth and identify any existing or potential problems.
During the appointment your dentist may discuss with you:
Teething and space issues
How your child’s teeth come together when they bite
Habits such as thumb sucking
Risk of decay and how to prevent it
The importance of baby teeth
Baby teeth are not only needed to eat and speak with, they also hold the space in the jaw for permanent teeth that are developing under the gums. Decay in baby teeth could also mean a higher risk of decay in the permanent teeth. Your child's permanent teeth will begin to erupt at approximately six years of age. The immature enamel on a newly erupted tooth is more susceptible and less resistant to decay. Your dentist may recommend sealing newly erupted molar teeth to protect them during this crucial time.
Teething chart for baby teeth
Tooth erupts (months)
Tooth lost (years)
Teething chart for adult teeth
Tooth erupts (years)
Parents with dental phobia
As a parent with dental phobia, you can prevent your child from developing a fear of the dentist by not letting your own fear become theirs. Avoid putting fear into your child about visiting the dentist and never use coming to the dentist as a threat. Try your best to make dental visits a routine part of their lives, even if you avoid the dentist yourself. You can help your child avoid invasive dental treatment by practising good hygiene and dietary habits and by taking them to the dentist for routine checkups. If your child does require treatment, remember that modern dentistry has come a long way and restorative treatments are more comfortable than before and are often completely pain free.
Accessing better health care for your family
Even though routine dental checkups may seem expensive, it costs much more in the long run to treat dental problems. We hope that by partnering with private health funds and government schemes we can help reduce the financial pressure of dental treatment and help our patients access more preventative and restorative dental services. If you do have private health insurance with extras cover, you and each eligible member of your family are entitled to receive a rebate on two dental check-ups a year (conditions apply as set by your health insurance provider).
As a recognised provider our practice ensures:
Children eligible for Medicare's Child Dental Benefits Schedule can receive up to $1000 in bulk billed dental services over a two year period
HCF members receive 100% rebate on preventative treatment
Westfund members receive 100% rebate on preventative treatment
Bupa members receive 100% rebate for dependants (depending on your level of cover)
NIB members receive a better rebate on all services by attending a preferred provider clinic like ours