Having worked for a number of years as a Dental Emergency specialist Dr Mumford can cope with just about any of the dental calamities that children can come up with, but these days we prefer to work in a more ordered and relaxed way to maintain healthy smiles in healthy kids.
We try and keep all visits, especially the first one, as calm and relaxed as possible. On that first visit we like to minimise the amount of active treatment wherever possible so that the child can get to know us in a non threatening way. Then as they grow, we encourage a program of preventive Dentistry involving regular cleaning and fluoride treatments as well as fissure sealing of vulnerable teeth where indicated.
Recently there has been a trend toward looking at the body as a whole and how teeth and Dental development fit into the big picture. All sorts of long term health problems can be caused by not seeking appropriate Dental treatment at the right time whilst the teeth and jaws are still growing, such as breathing and sleep disturbances in adulthood. Likewise the child’s general health can have a major effect on their teeth
We know that budgets are tight so we include fluoride treatments in the regular clean and check up fee for kids and we bulk billl for those families eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Scheme.