With all the news since the last budget announcement that the Australian Government would discontinue the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), many patients have been asking us would they still be able to bring their children in for treatment under this scheme in 2017. Central Brisbane Dental is happy to confirm that we can still be your Child Dental Benefits Schedule Dentist in the Brisbane City.
Having healthy teeth is important. First impressions count a lot in the world and if your mouth is noticeably full of damaged teeth from chips and cracks, or decay, people will form conclusions about you based on this. This will impact on our relationships, our job applications, and can lead to issues with mental health through low self esteem.
Oral Health for Kids
Maintaining good oral health for young kids is very important in preventing tooth decay, which is the most common childhood disease worldwide affecting almost 50% of five year old kids even in Australia. However, tooth decay can be prevented from an early age with good oral hygiene, a healthy diet and regular visits to the dentist.
Dental Problems During Pregnancy
Pregnancy does not cause any direct damage to the mother’s teeth and gums. The old wives’ tale that you lose a tooth for every child is false. The myth that calcium is taken from the mother’s teeth during pregnancy causing them to become weak and decay easily is also not true. If a mother’s dietary intake of calcium is inadequate during pregnancy, her bones will provide the calcium for the growing baby’s needs, not her teeth. This calcium loss is soon replenished after giving birth or after breastfeeding is stopped. However, there are some changes which occur in the body and mouth during pregnancy that can lead to an increased risk of dental problems.
We often get asked, “When should I take my child to the dentist for their first check-up?”. Usually when this question is asked, it is already long past when the child should have come to see us.
The Academy of Paediatric Dentistry recommends that a child first be seen by a dentist when their first baby tooth appears, approximately at six months of age and no later than one year of age. This age sounds too young to be practical and frequently this is true.
There is a new video on YouTube that has been going viral this month. Mama Natural is a page dedicated to showing natural alternatives to eating and healthy living in particular for pregnant women. A disclaimer on her YouTube channel asks viewers not to use videos as an alternative to professional medical advice however trends online can take off in unexpected directions at times. Mama Natural’s latest viral trend is called “Activated Charcoal – Weird Way to Whiten Teeth”.
There is an old wife’s tale that says when you gain a child, you lose a tooth. When you are pregnant, your body goes through many changes and your mouth is not excluded. So what happens to your teeth and gums during pregnancy that has led to this old wife’s tale?
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a government program for eligible children aged between two and 17 years that provides up to $1000 in benefits to the child for basic dental services. Since January 2014, it has been allowing disadvantaged Australian children obtain the dental care they need. A range of dental services is covered and it is estimated that 3.4 million children have benefitted from dental examinations, x-rays, teeth cleaning, fissure sealants, fillings, root canal treatments and extractions already.