Childrens
Dentistry

Dr. Nathan Phung, hygienist Denise Galuoppo and the team are dedicated to ensuring the dental health of your child by examining for early decay, monitoring orthodontic concerns, and tracking jaw and tooth development. At Hampton Smiles, a routine visit includes a comprehensive examination, professional cleaning, and the application of topical fluoride to protect tooth enamel. Dr. Phung also provides valuable guidance on brushing and flossing techniques, dietary advice, strategies for thumb-sucking, and effective communication with your child.

As molars emerge, usually between the ages of two and three, we may recommend to apply a fissure sealant to protect these hard-to-reach areas from bacteria, food particles, and acid. This proactive approach significantly reduces the risk of tooth decay and promotes long-term dental health.

In addition to professional care, good preventative oral care at home is essential. This includes providing a nourishing, well-balanced diet, discouraging continuous snacking, and offering non-sugary alternatives like celery sticks and carrot sticks. Managing oral habits like thumb sucking and avoiding the transfer of harmful oral bacteria through shared eating utensils are also crucial aspects of at-home dental care. Proper brushing, flossing, and fluoride application are essential for maintaining your child’s oral health.

The partnership between preventative care at Hampton Smiles and consistent at-home practices plays a vital role in reducing the risk of infant and toddler tooth decay. By following a comprehensive dental strategy, you can effectively preserve and protect your child’s dental health. The Australian Dental Association recommends that children start visiting the dentist for regular checkups at the age of twelve months and continue to do so every six months unless advised otherwise. This proactive approach ensures the ongoing evaluation and preservation of your child’s dental health.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule (Medicare CDBS)

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides coverage for basic dental services for eligible children and teenagers. Here are the key details you need to know:

  • Coverage: CDBS covers up to $1,095 over 2 calendar years for basic dental services.
  • Indexed Cap Amount: The cap amount is indexed yearly on 1 January.
  • Eligibility for Increased Cap Amount: The increase in cap amount applies only to a child or teenager who received their first eligible service in that calendar year.

The basic dental services covered under CDBS include:

  • Check-ups
  • X-rays
  • Cleaning
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Fissure sealing
  • Fillings
  • Root canals
  • Extractions

There are some restrictions for basic dental services, such as item or time restrictions. It’s recommended to check with the provider for any specific restrictions before starting the service.

Services not covered under CDBS include:

  • Orthodontic dental work
  • Cosmetic dental work
  • Any dental services provided in a hospital setting

Our dentists bulk bill all treatment under the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule, ensuring that there is no out-of-pocket cost for the covered services. If you would like to know more information, please speak with our friendly front office team!

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