Your First Visit
New patients are given a comprehensive examination including full charting, radiographs as required, oral hygiene instruction, dietary advice and a clean. A plan will be discussed with you before any further treatment is commenced. Emergency treatment will be carried out where appropriate, before guiding the patient onto a preventive program that will enhance their smile, comfort and confidence in their own dental care. For your convenience we have ample private parking for patients at the rear and a disabled spot at the front of our premises. Located directly opposite us is all day Box Hill Council parking, a GP Medical Centre, Physiotherapist and Pathology Centre.
When should your new born visit the dentist?
In general, your baby should see a dentist for the first time when their first tooth erupts or once they turn one – whichever comes first. Children usually develop a full set of teeth by the age of three, so the earlier your child visits the dentist the better. Even though your child might have a couple of teeth to begin with, bacteria can still build up around the teeth and contribute to decay, so it is important to begin a preventative dental health plan catered for your child early on. The team at Landale Dental in Box Hill are well-trained in dealing with babies and young children; and we have a Dental Therapist especially for young children and adolescents.
Brushing your baby’s teeth
It is important to start practicing good oral hygiene as soon as the first tooth erupts. Dental health and its maintenance is ongoing throughout your child’s life and it is important to role model good dental health habits from an early age so your child sees oral hygiene as a normal part of their life.
Prior to teeth erupting, you can begin by wiping your baby’s gums with a soft cloth twice a day. Once teeth start to erupt, then you can start using a soft children’s toothbrush without toothpaste until the age of 18 months. Flossing is still necessary even in young children; the team at Landale Dental in Box Hill can help demonstrate the correct technique catered to you and your child.
It can be difficult to comfort teething children – sometimes a chilled (not frozen) teething ring or dummies can be helpful. It is important NOT to use sweets such as honey or jam on dummies/teething rings as this could lead to dental decay.
For your convenience we have EFTPOS and HICAPs, accepting all major credit cards & enabling instant claims on most health insurance cards.
Children eligible under the Medicare Child Dental Benefit Schedule and Veteran’s Affairs patients are welcome.