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    For those who haven't taken their kids yet, paediatric dentists are fantastic at dealing with children. They have all kinds of tricks for getting a look into the mouths of young kids. I took DS1 (NOT a placid child) when he was just over 12 months and was amazed at how the dentist managed to do his examination so quickly and efficiently.

    My own dentist won't treat young children - he prefers to leave it to the specialists.

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    My son was about 4 when he needed a filling. It ended up being a half done filling because kiddo wouldn't let the dentist finish it. He just turned 9. It's only over the last few months I have actually been able to get him to brush his teeth twice a day. Sometimes he will forget though but I usually remind him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentoo View Post
    For those who haven't taken their kids yet, paediatric dentists are fantastic at dealing with children. They have all kinds of tricks for getting a look into the mouths of young kids. I took DS1 (NOT a placid child) when he was just over 12 months and was amazed at how the dentist managed to do his examination so quickly and efficiently.

    My own dentist won't treat young children - he prefers to leave it to the specialists.
    But be careful as paediatric dentists cost a bomb. Ours wanted to do 4 crowns under GA costing thousands, we sought a 2nd opinion from another regular 'dentist' and she was happy to do fillings in the chair over 2 visits, for a fraction of the cost. The crowns were overkill and not necessary for his condition.

    The paedeatric dentist had refused to do fillings in the chair because it was easier to just do crowns under GA, sometimes I think it's a bit of a money pit.

    DS1 was a very easy cooperative child and opened his mouth at all his appointments, didn't even cry during the fillings.

    Of course this was just our experience, I am sure there are some really great paedeatric dentists out there who are less pushy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnygirl79 View Post
    But be careful as paediatric dentists cost a bomb.
    DS1 has only had check-ups and no work done, so I can't comment on the cost of that. But his check-ups are actually much cheaper than mine!

    I guess as with everything, it pays to ask about costs and "shop around".

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    I wouldn't stress about the baby teeth having fillings it's more the adult teeth which we have forever that you don't want to decay at an early age. My DS only went to the dentist for the first time at the age of 6 when I found out about the free school dental program he is entitled to each year. I think it's $1000 over 2 yrs of work done including check ups, cleans, X-rays, fillings

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybeeno1 View Post
    I wouldn't stress about the baby teeth having fillings it's more the adult teeth which we have forever that you don't want to decay at an early age. My DS only went to the dentist for the first time at the age of 6 when I found out about the free school dental program he is entitled to each year. I think it's $1000 over 2 yrs of work done including check ups, cleans, X-rays, fillings
    I'm pretty sure this is being stopped at the end of this month. I know it definitely is in Victoria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaDiDah View Post
    I'm pretty sure this is being stopped at the end of this month. I know it definitely is in Victoria.
    I'm in SA and yes I've heard they are stopping it. We did an appt last week and they didn't say anything to me at all

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    I'm in QLD and took advantage of that last year. It will be a shame to stop it. The dentist can be so expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marchbundle View Post
    I'm in QLD and took advantage of that last year. It will be a shame to stop it. The dentist can be so expensive.
    Just a check up and clean I think for my DS was $168 bulk billed. I saw the same dentist for an appt and it was same price and he said you need all of this work done and handed me a quote. $6k lmao. So today I went to another dentist and got a second opinion and another X-ray but no clean. My teeth are in a perfectly healthy condition and tent need no work at all which i knew then I showed him the quote from the other place. He couldn't believe it !

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    That is very unfortunate. But having your child's teeth filled is not as bad. I mean you only want your child to have the best which is why you wanted their teeth checked. Unfortunately, there are certain hard to reach areas when you are only brushing especially for little kids who really doesn't want to brush in the first place.


 

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