News & Media

28 September 2016

Start healthy dental habits early

Jenny Juschkat, Manager Dental Services at Latrobe Community Health Service, says starting good oral health habits early means fewer interventions later on.

Did you know:

  • Almost 80% of children under the age of 4 have never seen a dentist?
  • One third of children under the age of 15 haven’t seen a dentist in 5 years or more?
  • One in four children under the age of 10 have untreated tooth decay?

Jenny Juschkat, Manager Dental Services at Latrobe Community Health Service, says starting good oral health habits early means fewer interventions later on.

“The best time for a child to have a dental check-up is within 12 months of the first teeth showing.

“Baby teeth are important and can affect diet, speech and social aspects of a child’s life,” said Ms Juschkat.

“You can bring them in to see our dental team, who have lots of experience in working with children of all ages.

“It’s very easy to prevent dental decay and our team will give you tips on how to look after your child’s oral health.”

Parents receiving Family Tax Benefit A who have children up to the age of 17 are eligible for
bulk-billed dental care under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

“There is no waiting list and no cost for eligible kids,” said Ms Juschkat.

Latrobe Community Health Service operates public and private dental clinics in Warragul, Moe and Morwell.

Phone 1800 242 696 for an appointment.