Kids Dentistry

Paediatric Dentistry

Children’s dentist in Mornington – your child deserves the best

We think little teeth are a big deal! We work hard to please our littlest patients – and their parents.

Starting from their first dental visit at about 2 ½ years of age, all the way to their teenage years, dentists at our clinic will partner with you to develop a strong and lifelong appreciation of dental care in your child. Put simply, we are a kid-friendly dental group, committed to caring for your child’s dental health as if they were our own children.


Choosing quality kids’ dentistry in Mornington

Our team of experienced dentists work hard to make a child’s first dental experience calm and memorable – there’s no need for kids to be scared of going to the dentist when you choose our Mornington clinic for your child’s dental care and management. Our child-friendly dentists are skilled in all aspects of paediatric dentistry, and we aim to make dental care for kids interactive, educational and calming.

Starting your child’s dental health care journey at our Mornington clinic

Think of our Mornington clinic as a family dentist – our dentists can treat every member of your family through every stage of their development.

Baby and toddler visits

We recommend a child should first visit the dentist at about 2½ years of age. The bulk of their baby teeth should have erupted into the mouth by this age. At their first visit to the dentist, we will check their dental health while slowly and gently getting them used to the sounds and sights of a dental clinic environment and the people working there (dentists, hygienists and oral health therapists).

Babies and toddlers may receive preventative assistance at their first or second visit to remediate thumb sucking and mouth breathing. Early attention to these situations will help to reduce more intense dental presentations as your child ages. Visits at this stage will also involve investigation of any potential congenital dental issues and diagnosis and treatment if required.

Toddlers and pre-schoolers will continue to visit the dentist at regular times. In partnership with parents / guardians, we will develop solid dental health routines to complete at home – including correct brushing and flossing techniques.

Kids visits

Kids coming to the dentist for regular appointments will receive our excellent ongoing dental check-up attention. In addition to general oral health, visits at this stage of your child’s development will focus on tooth placement of the growing teeth, as well as teeth close to erupting. Your dentist may discuss early orthodontic interventions such as orthodontic plates or child tooth extraction to allow for ample room for the remaining teeth to erupt.

At visits during this stage of your child’s development, your dentist may suggest treatment such as fissure sealants to reduce the likelihood of cavities appearing.

Teenage visits

Teenage patients at our Mornington clinic are ‘part of the furniture’ – we have been seeing them for over a decade in many instances! Regular dental check-up visits will focus on continued oral health maintenance, but these visits may also be when orthodontic presentations need to be addressed.

Kids and teenage orthodontic visits

If our skilled and caring dentists think your child or teenager would benefit from orthodontic treatment, we can manage a wide range of orthodontic presentations from our Mornington clinic, reducing the need for kids and teenagers to visit multiple health and dental practitioners.

Our senior dentists have additional skills in orthodontic techniques. They can fit traditional metal braces, ceramic braces and more modern appliances such as Invisalign clear braces.

Payment schedules for kids dentistry in Mornington

Barkly Street Dental Group in Mornington participates in the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). Your child’s visit should attract no charge – speak to our friendly front office staff for more information.

FAQs About Children’s Dentistry

When should my child first visit the dentist?

We recommend a child have their first dental visit at about 2½ years of age. They are welcome to attend the clinic earlier, with their parent and another adult, to become familiar with the smells, sounds and people within a dental clinic environment.

What are fissure sealants?

Fissure sealants are made of a white or clear composite resin. Your dentist applies it to the chewing teeth (the molars) to develop a protective layer over them. This layer reduces tooth decay (cavities), and they’re completely painless to apply.

What do orthodontic plates do?

Made of hard acrylic or plastic, orthodontic plates are devices that have springs, wires and screws to gently move teeth into their required positions. They fit behind and around the bottom teeth, top teeth or sometimes both rows. Sometimes they are called ‘space maintainers’ in that they hold some teeth in place to leave room for adult teeth to erupt.

What is paediatric dentistry?

Paediatric dentistry is simply another word for children’s dentistry or kids dentistry. A paediatric dentist is a kid-friendly dentist who focuses on the oral health and development of teeth within a child’s jaw.