My child has chalky teeth? What now?

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Dr Charmaine Hall

Specialist Paediatric Dentist
Paediatric Care
BDSc (Melb), DClinDent (Melb), M.R.A.C.D.S (Paed)

What are chalky teeth? Chalkiness can occur in baby teeth and in adult teeth. A chalky tooth is one where the outer surface of the tooth (called enamel) is whiter than normal or shows discoloured patches or spots. Sometimes the discoloured areas are off-white, yellow or brown. The yellow or brown enamel is usually soft Read more...

The use of general anaesthesia in children having dental treatment

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Dr Charmaine Hall

Specialist Paediatric Dentist
Paediatric Care
BDSc (Melb), DClinDent (Melb), M.R.A.C.D.S (Paed)

A general anaesthetic (GA) may be required to manage a very young child during a dental procedure or an older child who is anxious undergoing extensive dental treatments. What is a general anaesthetic? A GA can be used for kids’ dental care to ensure that the child is fully asleep and able to have dental Read more...

Protecting your child from dental disease

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Dr Charmaine Hall

Specialist Paediatric Dentist
Paediatric Care
BDSc (Melb), DClinDent (Melb), M.R.A.C.D.S (Paed)

Understanding the precautions you can take to prevent your children from developing dental problems, and making an effort to make brushing enjoyable, can significantly reduce your child’s risk of dental disease. Concerning statistics from the most recent Child Dental Health Survey show that, while the average 6 year old child had just over 2 teeth Read more...

Oral health care for children with special needs

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Dr Charmaine Hall

Specialist Paediatric Dentist
Paediatric Care
BDSc (Melb), DClinDent (Melb), M.R.A.C.D.S (Paed)

Managing the dental care of a child with special needs requires careful consideration. A child with special needs may have mobility issues, (for example, as seen in children with cerebral palsy), have a behavioural condition, such as autism spectrum or Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or have another physical or intellectual disability. Children with special Read more...