In many cases, children are at higher risk of some oral health problems than adults. Their teeth are still developing, a high-sugar diet can make them more vulnerable to tooth decay, and more active lifestyles may also mean injuries.
Our oral health therapists at d-spa enjoy working with children and are experienced in all areas of kids’ dentistry. All three of our Melbourne clinics are equipped with the latest technologies and have been thoughtfully designed to help your child feel comfortable and enjoy their dental visits.
Call our friendly team on (03) 9650 0870 or get in touch online to book a kids’ dentistry appointment at our clinics on 2 Collins Street, 538 Collins Street or Toorak Road, South Yarra.
When should kids visit the dentist?
Good dental care should start early. Regular visits to the dentist from an early age can help your child develop good oral hygiene habits that will last into adulthood.
At d-spa, we recommend that parents start arranging regular check-ups for their children by the time they’re two years old. You can bring your child in earlier if you want us to check that their first teeth are developing normally.
Kids’ oral health care at d-spa
We always try to keep things simple when your child visits us for their dental appointment. We’ll give them a thorough oral health assessment to check for any signs of tooth decay or orthodontic issues, and we may perform a gentle clean and polish to remove any plaque that’s built up on their teeth since their last visit. We’ll also instruct you and your child about good oral hygiene practice, so you can help them take the best care of their teeth at home.
If we do spot any problems or concerns, we’ll discuss all the treatments we offer in detail so you can choose what’s appropriate for your child. We may also recommend preventive treatmentssuch as fissure sealants or a sports mouthguard to help protect your kids’ teeth.
Our qualified oral health therapists try to make the dental experience positive and educational for children by incorporating fun games and interactive dental stories. They can even watch their favourite cartoons and DVD movies to help them feel relaxed and entertained. Our goal is to make dental care a normal part of life for kids. As a parent, you can help by talking to your children about what to expect and reading books or watching movies about going to the dentist.
Children’s oral hygiene at home
Dental care doesn’t stop at the dental clinic. Your child should follow good oral hygiene every day to help prevent plaque from forming and keep tooth decay and other oral health problems at bay. We can advise you and your child on the correct brushing and flossing techniques and which foods and drinks to avoid.
Kids sometimes need their parents’ help to brush their teeth until they’re old enough to use the toothbrush correctly. If they find it difficult to clean all parts of their mouth, they might find an electric toothbrush easier and more comfortable to use. You should brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day and floss between their teeth at least once a day as soon as their first teeth appear.
Children’s diets play a big part in their oral hygiene too. Try to discourage sugary snacks, soft drinks and fruit juices, as these help to spread plaque and can cause tooth decay and cavities. Encourage teeth-friendly food and drinks instead, such as fluoridated tap water, dairy products and green, leafy vegetables.
Meet our kids team
Your kids’ oral health will be in safe hands with the gentle care of our oral health therapists in Melbourne CBD and South Yarra.
Rebecca Clementi, Oral Health Therapist
Rebecca received her Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Melbourne in 2014. She specialises in helping patients of all ages maintain excellent oral hygiene but is especially interested in kids’ dentistry.
She is focused on making sure that nobody is scared to visit the dentist so that everyone can maintain a healthy smile. When she isn’t working she is spending her time at the beach, catching up with family and friends and enjoying all the great food Melbourne has to offer.
Sarah Phoenix, Oral Health Therapist
Based at our 2 Collins Street clinic, Sarah’s calm and soothing nature helps children to feel at ease when they’re sitting in the dental chair for the first time. She believes in taking a fun, interactive approach to dental treatment and is passionate about helping young children to develop good oral hygiene habits as early as possible.
Emma Cubis, Oral Health Therapist
Emma joined us at d-spa after graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2013 with a Bachelor of Oral Health. She enjoys meeting people and building trust and rapport to help her patients understand the importance of oral health, especially when she feels she can make the dental experience a fun one for children.
Emma embraces d-spa’s vision of providing holistic, gentle and comfortable treatments with a strong emphasis on preventive dentistry. Outside of d-spa, you’ll find Emma enjoying brunch out, keeping active at the gym or planning her next travel adventure. Her favourite destination is Hawaii.