Manual vs. electric toothbrush. What is better for me?

Manual vs electric toothbrush. What is better for me?

Studies do show that using a powered toothbrush reduces plaque and gingivitis more than a manual toothbrush in both the long and short term. However, it comes down to personal preference and if your dental professional says that you are brushing well with your manual toothbrush, then keep up the good work! Crona | Hygienist

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At what age should my child visit the dentist?

At what age should my child visit the dentist?

We recommend that children as young as two come along with their parents to visit the dentist just to get a feel for the place. The noises, smells and sights can be confronting for children and we like to put them at ease by giving them a ride in the chair and showing them around. By doing it this way at an early age, we slowly introduce them to the dentist, so if an unexpected emergency happens they will already be familiar with the setting and we can put them at ease quickly. After the initial visit, we suggest still bringing your child along to your regular family checkups and each time we will have a look at their teeth and eventually we can try for a little polish.  Our hygienists Crona and Celia are very good at working with children and knowing how to progress with them. Cassie | Practice Manager

Update – Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

Child Dental Benefits Schedule continues to operate

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On 23 April 2016, the Australian Government announced its intention to close the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) from 1 July 2016. As the legislation was not passed by Parliament before the Government entered into caretaker arrangements on 9 May 2016, the CDBS remains open.

The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.

The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.

If you would like to book in your child for an examination before the scheme closes, please phone the surgery on (02) 4324 1181.

Taken from www.health.gov.au