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Looking after the youngest teeth on the Peninsula

Dental Nurse Tayla Johnston and Dental Therapist Judy Chamberlain with Jerin, his Mum and sister at Frankston Community Dental Service.

Nine-year-old Jerin is feeling much better now his toothache is gone thanks to the Peninsula Health Dental Service.

“He was in pain when we first came in and found out he had a cavity,” explains his Mum Jasmine.

“He has had three fillings done and feels much better now.”

A cavity develops when a tooth decays or breaks down. It creates a hole that can grow bigger and deeper over time.

7-13 August is Dental Health Week, which promotes the importance of people taking the time to care for their teeth and gums – no matter how busy they are.

Jasmine says Jerin does not enjoy brushing his teeth.  

“He does brush his teeth but he doesn’t take that long to do it – it’s about 30 seconds and then his brushing is over,” she explains.

Peninsula Health Dental Therapist Judy Chamberlain says to gain the maximum benefit from brushing your teeth, you should brush for at least two minutes morning and night.

“Jerin needs to work on improving how he brushes his teeth and he needs to do it for longer,” says Judy.

Tooth decay can also be caused by diet.

Jasmine says Jerin is now cutting back on sugary foods.

“No more drinking juice or eating foods like cake!”

Jerin doesn’t mind going to the dentist and will be back again in 12 months for a check-up.

“My son is happy coming here, it’s a very good service,” says Jasmine.

Peninsula Health offers public and private dental care at Frankston, Hastings and Rosebud.

Who is eligible for public care

  • Adults 18 years of age an older with a Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card
  • Youth aged 13 to 18 years of age with a Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card or Medicare Child Dental Benefits (All Medicare Child Dental Benefits are bulk billed)
  • All children up to 13 years of age

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By Jessica Mills
JMills@phcn.vic.gov.au