Why should we care about their baby teeth?

This is a common thing we hear and to an extent, it can be true. For example, if your child has a minor cavity and we know that their permanent teeth are not far away, we will often suggest that no action is taken. However, there are many cases where it is critical that your dentist intervene. This may include:


  • Cavities and tooth decay: If your child has cavities or tooth decay, it is important to have it fixed and a dental filling put in place to ensure that the tooth decay does not progress. Even if your child is not experiencing pain, it is important that their teeth remain healthy before their adult teeth come through.

  • Aches and pains: Usually caused by tooth decay but often from other issues, it is important that we resolve this as it can be severely painful and cause future problems. Regular check-ups, cleans and early intervention can ensure that your child does not have to deal with any painful procedures.

  • Premature tooth loss: If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely (that is before their permanent teeth are ready to erupt), this can cause teeth to shift and crowding of the underlying adult teeth may occur. That can cause their adult teeth to erupt crooked which may be costly in the future. This can occur from an accident such as a fall or sporting injury, or from tooth decay. 

There are many, many reasons to look after your children's teeth and have your child see their dentist regularly. Ensuring their adult teeth erupt nice and straight, reduce the potential of requiring braces and keeping your child pain-free is important!

Learn about

Children's Dentistry

Optimum Dental
What's the difference?

Children are the most at risk of experiencing cavities and tooth decay. They’re also often quite nervous and afraid of the dentist so a team that can build great rapport with the child is incredibly important.


At Optimum Dental, Dr Karu's calm and friendly demeanour, in addition to Sharon and Chrystal's ability to make all patients feel comfortable, makes our team fantastic with the younger patients! We work hard to make the little ones feel at home at our practice and make it a fun experience for your child.

Child Denal Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

WIth the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), a child between 2-17 for at least 1 day of the current year that is eligible for Medicare may be able to access up to $1,000 in dental care! This includes the following services:

  • Check-Ups

  • X-Rays

  • Cleaning

  • Fissure Sealing

  • Fillings

  • Root Canals

  • Extractions


To check if your child is eligible, please contact us and we'll be able to assist you.

Book your Teeth Cleaning today!

Optimum Dental is conveniently located in the heart of Epping. Our friendly team would love to help you with all your dental needs. Let us help you with a dental check-up and clean, assess your oral health and help you with any dental concerns you might have!

Come see us today or schedule an appointment by calling us or using our online bookings system below.