Paediatric Dentistry in Brighton and Ferntree Gully

Children Dentistry

Our team offers a comprehensive range of Children’s services, ranging from first dental check-ups for babies to comprehensive intervention, when required. We can also perform treatment under ‘happy gas’ sedation or general anaesthesia. Our friendly and relatable approach sees children at ease within our clinics.

We manage many complex cases, such as children with significant behavioural issues and/or anxiety, those with severe decay affecting multiple teeth, and children with dental conditions, for example enamel defects (hypomineralisation), extra (supernumerary) teeth, missing teeth and more.

Paediatric Dentistry in Brighton and Ferntree Gully

A lifetime of healthy teeth and oral hygiene begins at a very young age. Maintaining your child’s teeth at all stages of their life is crucial, especially during the baby teeth stage

Kids are impressionable and learn from their parents. How a parent responds to dental health and procedures will greatly impact on how children treat their teeth for life.


At Melbourne Centre For Dentistry, we go above and beyond to make kids’ first dental visits fun!

We want to create an enjoyable experience for our young kids. During their very first visit, it might be as simple as a ride with mummy or daddy on the dental chair, to get familiarized with the surroundings. If they don’t like to show their teeth, don’t stress, it will come naturally. If they do, then it’s a bonus. It’s always a gentle approach to get them used to seeing the dentist. With time, those routine dental visits will create great habits throughout life.

We recommend that a child should have their first dental visit by their 1st birthday. This allows your child’s oral development and growth to be monitored. After all, prevention is the best medicine!

At Melbourne Centre For Dentistry, we have a friendly and caring team with over a decade of experience treating mummy’s little helpers!


As well as making sure your children’s teeth and gums are healthy, we would monitor oral growth and development. We also look out for any aberrant habits and their management, and talk about preventative home care and diet counseling.


Decay, crowding and trauma are the most common problems that can occur in deciduous (baby) teeth.


Decay in baby teeth can be influenced by things like:

  • Diet and consumption habits

High sugar and acid diet and sticky foods, including juices and biscuits can dramatically increase decay risk. As well as what we eat, the times we eat can often increase chance of getting decay. A good example of this is going to sleep with a bottle or eating late at night. The frequency of consumption can also affect tooth decay, where the teeth are constantly saturated with food particles or plaque.

  • Oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene includes brushing at least twice a day and getting to all the teeth. Floss is also very important and it’s recommended for kids as soon as they are happy to try it.

  • Deep fissures (grooves) in back teeth

Deep fissures in both adult and baby teeth should be sealed up with fissure sealants to prevent possible decay. These grooves trap food particles and plaque and are extremely difficult to brush. Fissure sealant is a layer of special protective material placed over the top of grooves. The treatment is quick and easy with no discomfort.

  • Soft teeth – hypomineralisation or fluorosis

It’s not a myth that some of us have softer teeth. In the cases of hypomineralized teeth or teeth with fluorosis, the surfaces of the teeth are very soft and weak. These teeth are prone to decay and greater care must be taken.

  • General health

Kids are generally fit and healthy, but did you know that mouth breathers are more likely to have teeth problems. Breathing through the mouth dries it out, and lack of saliva leads to higher likelihood of getting holes. This is due to the diminishing acid buffer effect of saliva. In some studies, it’s shown that long term breathing via the mouth may lead to malocclusion (bad bite).

  • Medication

Medication for chronic conditions such as asthma, including Ventolin, can have an impact on your child’s teeth. Long-term use also diminishes the acid buffering effect of saliva, thereby increasing risk of getting decay.


During a routine checkup, one of the things we check for is overall crowding or spacing and how the jaws align. This is important to assess whether early orthodontic treatment is required and whether there are aberrant habits at play.

If a baby tooth is removed due to decay or infection, with the permanent tooth still far away from eruption, we might need to construct a space maintainer. The space maintainer, as the name suggests, maintains the space where the baby tooth should’ve been to allow room for the replacement adult tooth. A gap left unoccupied, can lead to movement and crowding of the adult teeth.

A child might also present with “a double tooth”, whereby the baby tooth is retained while the adult replacement is coming through behind it. Sometimes, we are able to monitor the situation and take a wait and see approach. However, other times, we will need to “help” the baby tooth to come out, thereby not impinging on the adult tooth development.


Kids will always be kids. Whether it’s at school sports or on the playground, accidents do happen.

A knock can loosen up an already wobbly baby tooth or it can dislodge a newly formed adult tooth. Don’t panic, but it’s important for us to assess it as soon after the accident occurs. It can be matter of reassurance with a quick examination and x-ray. Even if it’s a dislodged adult tooth, things are still manageable. If a tooth comes out completely, even if you’re not sure whether it’s a baby or adult tooth, put it straight into a small container with milk covering all of it. Make an appointment asap and bring the container with you.

Dental trauma is very common, hence why we always recommend custom-made Mouthguard protection for any sport.


At Melbourne Centre for Dentistry, we pride ourselves on our high standards of patient care and professional service. Our main aim is to provide quality care to our patients at affordable prices. Our aim is to provide patients with world-class quality care at affordable prices and what sets us apart is we will go out of our way and take the time to listen to your concerns and then cater accordingly with the most feasible treatment options that is tailored to your specific needs and requirements.

We offer treatments in General, Cosmetic, Children’s, Emergency and Restorative Dentistry.