Answers to some of your frequently asked questions

FAQs about children's teeth

Unlike baby teeth, if a permanent tooth is knocked out it should be replaced in the socket immediately. The longer it is out of the mouth, the less chance there is that the tooth will survive. Seek dental help, call us, or if after hours, contact the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. If you cannot replace the tooth in the socket, wrap the tooth in cling wrap or store it in milk until you get help. Remember, a properly fitted mouthguard must be worn for all contact sports.

If a baby tooth is knocked out do not try and put it back. If you do try and put it back you may accidentally damage the adult tooth which is developing in the gum. It is always a good idea to ring for advice and to organise for your child to be seen as soon as possible.

A fissure sealant is a protective coating placed on the biting surfaces of back teeth to help prevent tooth decay.  These back teeth usually have deep fissures (grooves) which are difficult to clean. Fissure sealants cannot protect the surfaces between the teeth; these surfaces can best be protected through regular brushing and flossing.

This is not uncommon. If the baby tooth is loose, encourage your child to wiggle it so that it loosens further and falls out. The new adult incisor will continue to grow and the tongue will push it forward into the correct position. If the baby tooth isn’t loose, arrange an appointment to have it checked. Sometimes the teeth need a little help to come out.

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides access to up to $1000 of dental benefits over a two year period to around 3.4 million eligible children aged 2-17 years. The CDBS is means tested, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment. Dental services covered by the CDBS include examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. It does not cover orthodontic or cosmetic dental work, or any services provided in a hospital. For more information on the CDBS and eligibility criteria, please visit the Department of Human Services website.

General FAQs

Tooth decay and gum disease are the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. That is why it is very important to treat dental issues early to prevent a bigger issue later on. We recommend regular dentist visits to help maintain your natural teeth for life. Your dentist and therapist plays a pivotal role in your dental education and will instruct you on correct brushing and flossing technique.

To maintain your oral health it is recommended you visit the dentist every 6 months. For more information on how you can care for your teeth better, why not call us today?

Sugar is the main cause of decay and it is found in many foods we eat and beverages we drink. Bacteria that have settled on a tooth thrive on sugar. Unfortunately when bacteria and sugar get together, a chemical reaction occurs and produces acid, which eats away at the enamel of the tooth leading to decay. For this reason it is very important to have regular active maintenance appointments at the dentist.

The most common causes of staining include ageing, along with the consumption of staining substances. These substances include coffee, tea, colas, tobacco and red wine, just to name a few. Certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discolouration. There are a number of treatment options available to improve teeth discolouration. Treatment options include professionally prepared take-home bleaching kits and in-surgery bleaching. We are pleased to offer highly effective take-home and in-surgery whitening treatments at Kilmore Dental & Specialist Centre.