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Sleep Apnoea in Children

Sleep Apnoea is a condition that we usually associate with adults, but did you know that it affects children as young as 3 years old? 

Sleep Apnoea is usually surrounded in confusion, starting with how we spell it! Apnea is the American spelling, but Apnoea is the English/Australian spelling. Often it is thought that if you snore, you must have Sleep Apnoea…this is not always the case, for both adults and children.

Sleep Apnoea can be caused by blockages in the airways, a small lower jaw, or a narrow, pointy upper jaw. It is a condition where a person stops breathing for a short period, on a regular basis during their sleep.  Episodes ...

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When should you bring your child to the Dentist?

Child at Dentist | Dentist Fairfield NSW

It is a misconception that kids don’t need to see a dentist until they are 6 years old or when there is a problem in the mouth. In actual fact, children should have their first visit as soon as their teeth start coming through! Yes, there is not much that we can do at this age, but what we can do is allow the child to get used to the dental experience.

Our main goal is to make kids at ease with visiting the dentist!

The first visit here is as simple as a ride up and down in the magic chair, an introduction to all our friendly instruments and also ...

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Is your child eligible for FREE dental?

CDBS or Child Dental Benefits Scheme is a scheme that covers dental work up to $1000.00 over a 2 calendar year period. The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals, and extractions.

Dental work can either be claimed directly from your dentist, or submitted to Medicare. Each dental practice is different. Here at our practice, we have chosen to claim the treatment directly from Medicare for you. This saves you time and energy. All you need to do is to keep a track of your child's balance, which is simple as we will issue ...

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Dummies... When to let them go

Baby | Children't Dentistry Fairfield, NSW

Dummies (or Pacifiers), have been used in many cultures for thousands of years, and they have always been a source of discussion, or controversy. Dummies are a quick fix for the infants need to suckle and for security, and the parents need for peace and quiet. Many people believe that the dummy mimics the mother’s nipple in breast feeding, and manufactures want us to believe this of “physiological’ dummies. But dummies are often in the baby’s mouth for 6-8 hours per day, whereas breast feeding occurs in 20 minute bursts several times per day. It is the long time periods of use, that cause the dummies to gently and slowly ...

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