WHY SHOULD YOUR CHILDREN COME AND SEE US?
* More than a Positive Experience
We love treating kids!
When we have happy children who like coming to the Dentist, they grow up to
be happy adults who don't fear visiting their Dentist.
We not only want your children to have a positive experience,
but a memorable experience that wants them to visit again.
We get down to their level, listen to their concerns (if any)
and introduce them to the dental chair, checkout their brushing
and oral hygiene, show them our instruments and tools, especially
the Intra-Oral camera that is usually a big hit. We welcome
parents and other children into the surgery if it is OK with
the child and the procedures are suitable. We sometimes forget
that there is safety in numbers and the kids (and parents)
can learn a lot while watching.
We know we have done our job well when the parents are asked
"When are we going back to visit Angela?" or "Mum,
can I come to the dentist with you?". It might seem strange
but wanting to return is a not an uncommon experience.
We don't judge you whether your child has problems or perfect teeth! We are
here to look after your child and encourage them to look after their own teeth.
Angela is a mother of four children and knows that every
child is different including diet, their resistance to decay
and that their tooth brushing may not always be ideal. (Angela
is also rather partial to fudge and chocolate!) However, we
can advise you on what are the best and the worst things for
your child's teeth so you are fully informed.
We want your children to grow into adults that are happy
to visit the Dentist. This type of experience begins with
enjoyable visits to the Dentist as a child. DR Angela McIntosh
remembers her bad visits to the Dentist and doesn't
want any child to have similar experiences. Angela wants your
children to have a good time at the Dentist and not be lectured
on the do's and don'ts that they ignore anyway. Angela's approach
with children has them engaged quickly and eager to learn.
* Preventive Dentistry & Education
You can keep teeth your teeth for life and it all begins in childhood!
It starts with your deciduous teeth ( baby teeth), that's
the teeth we learn on and then most people can keep their
teeth for their whole life.
Prevention is key. If your child visits the Dentist frequently
then we can check their teeth on a regular basis and find
any problems early. Prevention is always cheaper and better
than than treatment.
We recommend the use of Fissure Sealants and offer a "No
Gap" service for parents who are members of a Health
Fissure sealants are an invisible coating applied to the
tooth that makes the tooth's surface smooth and prevents food
and other decay causing substances from being stuck in the
Fissure sealants are a great way to reduce the frequency
of decay in children's teeth.
We have several pieces of modern equipment to help us with
your children. The first is the Intra-Oral
camera that is an amazing piece of equipment as it not
only records the state of teeth, but enables us to show the
children (and adults) their teeth magnified many times so
they can see both the good and the bad. Its value as an educational
tool cannot be measured. We have found it is usually a hit
with the children who become fascinated with what they see
on the Dental Chair screen.
Another piece of fantastic technology that we have here at
Pearly Whites Dental is a low radiation OPG X-Ray machine.
An OPG X-Ray is ideal for children as it shows much more than
traditional bite wings and can be used in place of bite wings
in special circumstance (the results are lower quality but
something is better than nothing). The OPG X-Ray tends to
be far more acceptable to children than a bite wing X-Ray
because X-Ray plate is not placed within the mouth but rather
the scan is performed externally. The OPG X-Ray shows the
entire jaw including any adult teeth and can be valuable in
the early detection of many common dental issues.
The 3rd piece of equipment that assists us in treating children
and improving their experience of visiting the Dentist is
the magical STA Wand that looks
little more than a pen and can be used to only target the
immediate area requiring numbing. This form of aneasthetic
delivery is far less threatening than a traditional needle
and is also considered pain free.
You can get exceptional value!
Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS)
IS THE CHILD DENTAL BENEFITS SCHEME? (CDBS)
This CDBS isthe latest scheme that replaces the Medicare
Teen Dental Plan.
Your child is eligible if:
- He/she is aged between 2-17 years
old on any day in the calendar year
- has a Medicare card
- and is part of a family that receives a relevant Australian
government payment such as Family
Tax Benefit Part A.
I.e. it is not just for people with a Health care Card but
for many children.
Remember that if you have Private
Health Insurance, your children can often have dental
treatment with little or no out of
pocket expense. Please refer to your own Private Health
Insurance for this information.
If eligible, you should have received a
letter from the Department of Health letting you know
that your children are eligible.
If you are not sure, simply call or email us and we will
check the register. We will need your child's first name,
birth date and Medicare Card number and child's sequence number
to check your child's participation.
This scheme provides up to $1000 for basic dental treatment
( i.e. checkups, xrays, cleaning, fissure sealants, fillings
etc.) over 2 calendar years.
E.g. $1000 over 2014 and 2015
OR $1000 over 2015 and 2016 ( provided the scheme continues)
OR $1000 over 2016 and 2017 ( provided the scheme continues)
Every Private Dentist has to choose whether they wish to
offer this scheme or not and Pearly Whites Dental is committed
to offering this scheme to assist parents in making "ends
meet" and having access to affordable and "the very
best" dentistry for their children.
Pearly Whites Dental understands that your children's dental
health is as important as their general health and will participate
in this scheme. We will only charge you exactly what you will
get back from Medicare so that for an agreed treatment, dental
treatment will cost you nothing up to $1000 dollars per eligible
For more information please contact us, call 132 011 or go to the Children
Dental Benefits Schedule web page.