Teachers are encouraged to contact Smile Solutions to book the Tooth Fairy to visit their kindergarten or school.
What does the visit involve?
Doris the Tooth Fairy will attend with a dental helper and her friendly puppet Boris the Dragon. Together they will educate your class about basic dental care. The session will be interactive and fun.
How long does the visit take?
The visit lasts approximately 20 minutes and is both interactive and fun for the children.
What will children learn?
The Tooth Fairy and her assistant will show children the best way to brush and floss their teeth and how often they need to do this. Children will learn about the foods they should eat to keep their teeth clean, strong and healthy. They will also find out what to expect when it's time to lose their first tooth.
What will children take home?
The children will take home an educational letter for their parents, a dental voucher, tooth chart, colouring in sheets and more. Each child will also receive a polaroid photo of them with the Tooth Fairy and Boris the Dragon.
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To make a booking please call 13 13 96.
Parents should be aware that no two children's dental needs are the same. The answers here are of a general nature only; you are advised to seek dental advice specific to your child.
When does teething start?
Teething usually starts at about 6 months but can be as early as 3 months or as late as 14 months.
How many baby teeth does a child have and when do they come through?
A total of twenty teeth should all be through by 3½ years of age.
How soon, and how, should these teeth be cleaned?
Parents should start cleaning their toddler's teeth as soon as they come through. Initially a small soft brush or even a face washer can be used for children under 2 years.
At what age should my child have their first dental checkup?
Your child should first see a dental therapist at the age of 3.
Why should my child see a therapist rather than a dentist on their first visit?
A dental therapist is specifically trained to see children and adolescents. They are fully qualified and experienced in treating young people between the ages of 0 and 18.
Should I fissure-seal my child's baby teeth?
Every child is different in this regard. If your dental therapist considers your child to be at high risk of decay, she or he may recommend sealing as a preventative measure.
At what age will my child start losing their baby teeth?
While every child varies, most will start losing their teeth from around ages 4 to 6. Girls tend to lose their teeth earlier than boys.
What is the best way to clean children's teeth?
Always use a soft toothbrush, and preferably a one that’s appropriate for the child’s age – for example, Stage 4 for a four year old. Electric toothbrushes are preferable to manual. As for the type of toothpaste that’s best for children, all Colgate and Oral B products are suitable as long as they are low foam, low mint and low fluoride.
At what age is it recommended that a child start cleaning their teeth independently?
Most children can start cleaning their own teeth from the age of 7. However, an adult should check that the teeth have been cleaned properly (e.g. look for signs of calculus).
Should my child be flossing their baby teeth?
Children don’t develop manual dexterity until about the age of 10, so parents should floss their children’s teeth each night to prevent inter-proximal caries (cavities in between teeth).
If my child has eaten sweets what can I do to help prevent decay?
Try to restrict your child’s sweets intake to special occasions. It’s best to consume any sweets in one intake after meal times only, rather than graze or snack on sweet foods. Chewing sugar free gum helps clean the teeth after consuming sweets. Rinsing with water can also be effective.
What can I do to prepare my child for their first dental visit?
Watch the Tooth Fairy video with them. Also, it’s a good idea to take your child with you to the dentist from a young age so they become familiar with the environment and can see that you have regular treatment and this is a positive experience.
At what age should my child have their first dental visit?
When your child turns 3 you should book an appointment for them with a dental therapist. At this visit your child’s teeth will be counted and cleaned. It’s important for this introductory visit to be fun, educational and a happy experience.
How much can I claim for my child's initial check-up visit?
Ask your dental therapist for the relevant item codes, then contact your health insurance provider for the rebates. Depending on the level of cover, your child’s visit could be fully covered by your heath insurance.
I am ready to book my child in for a dental appointment - who does Smile Solutions recommend that we see?
We highly recommend that children be seen by a dental therapist.
Dental therapists have studied for a Bachelor of Oral Health.
They mainly focus on working with children and are skilled in helping your child to feel comfortable visiting the dentist. One of their roles is to teach and motivate children about looking after their teeth, as well as to help educate parents and other adults in preventative dentistry.
Working with pre-school, primary and secondary school children under the supervision of dentists, they also perform procedures such as examinations, X-rays, cleaning and polishing, filling of cavities, and applying sealants to pits and fissures.
The therapist will refer any complex dental matters to an appropriate general dentist, or even a child specialist (also known as specialist paedodontist or specialist paediatric dentist). Child specialists, like all Dental Board registered specialists, have completed university training in addition to their bachelor degree in general dentistry.
If you would like to book your child in for an appointment with one of our dental therapists, click Visit Smile Solutions tab or here.
Download a letter to your child from The Tooth Fairy. Simply fill in the form below and submit.