Child Dental Services are now available at HealthOne Rylstone, at Rylstone Multipurpose Service.
Oral Health Therapist, based at Mudgee Community Dental Clinic, Maddie Hedley, has held her first Rylstone clinic on Tuesday 21st May.
Maddie said, she enjoyed her visit and remarked on how welcoming the staff and community were.
Maddie has a particular interest in oral health promotion and is keen to build rapport with the children she sees and encourage healthy oral hygiene routines for the whole family.
Poor oral health affects a child’s ability to chew and can lead to disruptions to speech, sleep and reduced participation at school. It is recommended that all children have their first check up by the age of one and then regular check-ups after.
Free general child dental services, including examinations, x-rays, clean, fillings and extractions are available at the Rylstone clinic.
There are a number of things we can all do to look after our teeth and gums:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, especially before bed
- Enjoy a variety of healthy foods
- Avoid snacking on sugary and sticky foods and drinks, especially between meals
- Drinks lots of tap water, with added fluoride where available
Maddie is looking forward to providing a regular dental service once a month to the children of Rylstone. Maddie’s next visit will be on Tuesday 18 June, 2019.
Children under the age of 18 are eligible for free dental treatment. To register for an appointment please ring the Dental Contact Centre on 1300 552 626. Medicare Card details are needed to register all children, so please have the card handy.
Parents will be encouraged to consent to Western NSW Local Health District claiming any available Medicare rebates from the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. These funds are used to provide additional dental services within Western NSW, benefitting the whole community. Alternatively, children aged 0-5 can see the local Child and Family Health Nurse for a dental referral.