Children's Dentistry

Child Dental Benefit Scheme

Opal Dental offers up to $1095 in bulk-billed dental treatment through Medicare’s Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS). This scheme provides essential dental services to children aged 2 to 17, covering examinations, X-rays, cleaning, sealants, fillings, root canals, extractions, and partial dentures. Eligibility may apply if you receive Family Tax Benefit A or certain other government payments. Contact us today to check your eligibility!

The First Teeth

Your child’s primary teeth typically begin to emerge around 6 months of age. These baby teeth develop gradually, starting with the lower front incisors followed by the upper incisors and molars. By around 2 to 2 1/2 years old, most children will have all 20 primary teeth. It’s essential to start oral care early, including gentle brushing with a soft toothbrush and pediatric toothpaste.


Teething can be a challenging time for both children and parents. Symptoms such as irritability, runny noses, and fever may occur as your child’s first teeth erupt. While teething gels are not recommended, natural remedies like frozen fruits or teething rings can provide relief. It’s important to monitor your child’s health during this period and seek medical advice if needed.

Diet and Oral Health:

Maintaining a healthy diet is crucial for your child’s dental health. Avoid giving sugary drinks and snacks, especially before bedtime, as they can contribute to tooth decay. Opt for tooth-friendly snacks like fresh fruits and nuts instead. Limit prolonged breastfeeding and use of dummies to prevent dental issues.

Fissure Sealants

Sealants offer protection for your child’s back teeth, reducing the risk of cavities. These plastic coatings are applied to the chewing surfaces of at-risk teeth, preventing bacteria and food particles from causing decay. Consult your dentist to determine if your child would benefit from sealants

Pulpotomy and Pulpectomy

Pulp therapy may be necessary if your child’s tooth is affected by decay or trauma. A pulpotomy involves removing the infected pulp tissue and placing a sedative material to preserve the tooth. This procedure is often followed by the placement of a stainless steel crown. In more severe cases, a pulpectomy may be required to remove the entire pulp tissue from the tooth roots.

Regular dental check-ups are essential for monitoring your child’s oral health and addressing any concerns early on. Starting dental visits at a young age helps build trust and ensures proper dental care for your child’s developing smile.

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