Why you should schedule a dental checkup these school holidays
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1. Regularly scheduled dental visits are an essential component to maintaining good oral health.
This is because we will be able to identify and commence treatment on potential dental problems before they begin causing pain or longer-lasting damage.
2.Seeing a dentist regularly can actually save you money in the long run.
This is because, like in point 1, we can spot potential problems early and treat them before they begin to cause excessive damage, which would be far more costly, and far more painful, to treat.
3. We can help keep your bad habits in check.
Habits such as teeth grinding, nail-biting and even brushing teeth too hard can all be identified
4. Maintaining good oral health can help in maintaining good overall body health.
This is because dentists like us at KIDS Mackay practice holistic dentistry and can sometimes identify dental causes for whole body problems.
5. Your teeth and gums will benefit from the extensive clean conducted at every dental visit.
These cleans will remove hard-impacted food and tartar build-up, which if left untreated, could cause cavities or could lead to gum disease. Plus, who doesn’t love leaving the dentist’s chair with that fresh whole-mouth-is-clean feeling!
Ensuring that your child sees a dentist regularly is also an essential component of setting them up for a lifetime of good oral habits. So let’s look at some of the other reasons you may be avoiding the dentist…
If you are avoiding the dentist because your child puts up a fuss or is scared about seeing us, then why not book a whole family check up and show them there is no need for fuss or fear? Leading by example is THE BEST WAY to teach your child any good habit. Further, it will show them first-hand there is no need to fear dentists.
Bring them along to your consultation, let them see you in the chair, and let them see what is done in the checkup. They will quickly learn that there is nothing to fear. Plus our child-friendly rooms will also lessen their fear.
If it is the cost of the checkup that is worrying you, why not utilise the Child Dental Benefits Schedule? It is available for any child aged between 2 and 17 years and allows you $1000 to spend on various dental consultations and procedures over 2 consecutive years. There are limitations on what it can be used for, but check-ups are not one of these limitations! Find out more about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule by reading this information provided by DentalCareXtra, or by visiting the Department of Human Services website.
Finally, if it is a timing issue, we are open late on Wednesdays as well as Saturday mornings. We also have a convenient online booking system so you can easily pick a day and time that suits you.
The benefits of dental check-ups are clear. The excuses for not having one have now been debunked. So don’t delay, book today!
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