Norwest Paediatric Dentistry
Norwest Paediatric Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dentistry for your child in a relaxed and caring environment. We provide both specialist and general dental care with a team of Specialist Paediatric Dentists and Oral Health Therapists.
Our focus is aimed at making every visit for our young patients a positive experience and ensuring that good dental health will continue long into their future.
We believe the only way to create a healthy dental future is with a focus on preventive dentistry. We aim to minimise risk factors for decay from early childhood through to adolescence by helping you and your child to understand the importance of regular dental care, healthy eating and good toothbrushing habits.
YOUR CHILD’S DENTAL HOME
The concept of a “Dental Home,” is the ongoing relationship between a dentist, a child patient and their family. It means your child has a familiar place to visit for comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-oriented dentistry.
In a Dental Home, there is an emphasis on starting preventive oral health care during infancy, with a first dental visit by the age of one year. An infant oral health examination is simple, easy and effective. It ensures that parents and dentists can team up to help prevent early childhood caries and lay the foundations for optimal oral health throughout life.
What is a Paediatric Dentist?
Paediatric Dentists are specialist dentists who have completed 3 years of study in addition to their general dentistry training. During this time, training is provided under specialist dental and medical staff in various hospitals, allowing for a broad range of experience in the dental care of children.
As Paediatric Dentists we commonly look after patients with the following needs:
- Children with complex treatment needs or extensive decay
- Children with medical and genetic conditions
- Management of dental injuries to both primary and permanent teeth
- Management of children with dental conditions such as missing teeth, extra teeth, enamel defects and abnormal eruption of teeth
- Children with anxiety or behavioural issues
- Very young children
What is an Oral Health Therapist?
An Oral Health Therapist is university qualified (Bachelor of Oral Health) and able to treat children under the age of 18 years for general dental care. At our practice, Oral Health Therapists work with Specialist Paediatric Dentists as a team.
Many children in the community don’t need to see a specialist, but would enjoy and benefit from having their dental care carried out in an environment dedicated to children. For those children who simply require routine dental care, seeing an Oral Health Therapist is a cost-effective way to have access to all the benefits of a dedicated Paediatric practice, with a Specialist Paediatric Dentist on hand if your child needs additional care.
In general, Oral Health Therapists will see children who are able to have their dental treatment completed happily in the dental chair.
This may include the following:
- Scaling and Cleaning
- Fluoride treatment
Booking an Appointment
You do not need a referral to book an appointment with us. When you call to book your child’s dental visit, please discuss your child’s needs and previous dental experiences with our reception staff to help you decide whether your child should see our Specialist Paediatric Dentist or our Oral Health Therapist.
In general, we consider the following points:
- If your child has been referred by another dentist
- Your main concern regarding your child’s teeth
- If your child is comfortable in the dental environment
- If your child has struggled with dental treatment in the past
- Your child is quite anxious, either generally or in the dental environment
- Any special needs your child may have
- Your preference
We are here to help, so please feel free to call our friendly staff who will do their best to answer any questions you may have and accommodate the needs of your child.