Statement of Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians on whose ancestral lands we provide dental services.

We acknowledge the deep feeling of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Country.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending our services.

We are committed to improving the oral health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

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Clinic closure

Our Birkenhead (Le Fevre) clinic is currently closed. Please phone (08) 8243 5629 during this period.

Children on the autism spectrum

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Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Our staff know it can be an overwhelming experience coming to the dentist for someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

We have developed some tips below to help prepare for your next appointment.

Comforters

We recommend taking comfort items to your next dental appointment.

These may include:

A weighted lap pad

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Favourite toys

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Fidget spinner

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Device and earplugs

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Favoured communication tools

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Taming oral sensory issues

To help cope with oral motor tools, try touching your child’s fingernail with an electric toothbrush then progress to their skin.

  • Gently touch the side of their cheek and lips with a teether or baby’s rubber toothbrush, progressing to the inside of their mouth and
    eventually onto their teeth. This may help them cope with touch and sound.
  • Try infant finger brushes or a clean wet gauze, wrapped around the index finger to manually clean the child’s teeth. Slowly introduce toothpaste. Use plain fluoride toothpaste, to begin with.
  • Some children don’t have the ability to spit properly because of weak cheek muscles, try using a small amount of toothpaste and/or alternate it with just plain water (no toothpaste).

Role play

Try to role-play at home before the next dental appointment

Act out a simple dental appointment

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Encourage your child to take turns with you to be the clinician then the patient

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Keep it simple - use a mirror, gloves, dark glasses and a counting tool such as the end of a toothbrush

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