About Dental for Schools
Dental for Schools is much more than a school dentist. We are built from a team and family of 9 dental practitioners, 7 dental assistants, 6 administrators and 2 infection control cleaners.
We have built this team after years of serving the City of Adelaide, seen thousands of children, visited hundreds of schools and have had the most unique experiences to date such as being featured in newspapers and even getting a visit from a local legend, Cosi (Andrew Costello).
To say we love and value our role within the community would be the understatement of the year. We value the opportunity we have to make a true difference in the lives of families across our state and to be entrusted with their greatest assets, their children and students.
Our onsite dental clinic is located in Torrensville, and we are always here to help.
Let's Make SA smile,
The team at Dental for Schools
What is it?
With the assistance of Medicare's Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) our school dental program is set to directly reduce the rate of dental decay and hospitalisation with early preventive dentistry and regular check-ups, done at no cost to the school.
The importance of check-ups are often over looked leading to an increase in the rate of dental disease and avoidable treatment. The program has a vision to reduce the rate of dental decay by 20% in school aged children. The current rate is 1 in 2 children have some form of dental decay on an adult tooth.
By giving parents the flexibility and convenience of having such a visit at school, alleviates any future commitments and requirements to see the dentist. The ease of access is paramount to being able to successfully provide high end dental check-ups and treatments without taking time off school or work all whilst reducing the amount of dental intervention required as they grow into adulthood.
1. Check-up & Clean
At a dental check-up, the dentist will assess your child/student for early signs of gum disease, tooth decay, bone damage, oral cancer and other dental issues. They will clean their teeth and gums of plaque and tartar that may have built up in hard-to-reach places.
Even when experiencing no symptoms of a dental issue, only a professional dentist can detect and treat oral problems that can not be seen or felt yet. Dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining healthy teeth, gums and overall oral health.
2. Bite-wing X-ray
Bitewing X-rays are used only when required and show details of the upper and lower teeth in one area of the mouth. Each bitewing shows a tooth from its crown (the exposed surface) to the level of the supporting bone. Bitewing X-rays detect decay between teeth and changes in the thickness of bone caused by gum disease.
They are fantastic diagnostic tools to determine the right course of intervention is given.
Is it free?
The cost of the visit is exactly $0 dollars to schools in South Australia. Through the Federal Government’s dental assistance for Students 18 years of age and under we are able to offer the services free of charge to all eligible. This will bring forth a balance of $1013 every 2 years.
This encourages parents to have their children seen by qualified AHPRA registered dental practitioners and for schools to take a larger role in the care of their student’s wellbeing.
We also run free oral health classes as education is 9/10 times the best preventive.
3. Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. It’s been an essential oral health treatment for decades. Fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and fights the bacteria that harm teeth and gums. Tooth enamel is the outer protective layer of each tooth.
Fluoride is especially helpful if you’re at high risk of developing dental caries, or cavities. Plaque produces an acid that erodes teeth and gum tissue. If the plaque breaks down the enamel layer, bacteria can infect and harm the nerves and blood at the core of the tooth.
4. Oral Health Packs
Oral Health Packs are given to children seen by the dentist, they will include essential items such as a toothbrush with the correct hardness and size for your child/student. They will also be given tooth paste, floss, toy and an oral health report that will entail the overall health and wellbeing of their teeth. It will also include any important details regarding intervention if required. Parents will be contacted onsite if anything of note should be discussed and no treatment is conducted prior to contact.
Senior Wellbeing Leader
It has been just an invaluable program for our kids and for them being able to access it during our normal school day which has taken the pressure of families...There is no hassle, I have very little input into managing the program other than handing out envelopes and collecting them. You just need to go for it its an invaluable program for our kids.
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