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Easy Ways To Get Your Child To Care About Their Teeth

At Millennium Dental we know how tough it can be to get kids interested in dental health…

Children are not always keen to keep their teeth healthy – and are usually side-tracked with doing more fun things like, well, absolutely anything else. To them, cleaning their teeth is just another chore, and the key to getting them interested in their oral health is to make it more fun!

At Millennium Dental in Mosman, we are dedicated to helping you and your child achieve optimal oral health for life, and is why we have decided to help parents make teeth cleaning more fun! Read on to discover how you can create an amusing and entertaining job of cleaning their teeth.

Get your child to brush to their favourite song…

Brushing should be carried out for approximately two minutes, and the best way to get your child to stay interested is to brush to their favourite song! This will help them keep track of time and encourage them to continue brushing until the song ends. Brushing for two to three minutes allows your child to completely clean away any bacteria that has accumulated in the mouth – preventing any decay from forming.

Turn the chore into a fun group activity…

Instead of sending your child off to clean their teeth, go with them and clean your teeth together. This will allow you to watch your child’s technique and help them learn by watching how you brush. Make the process fun by making a tooth-brushing dance (as a way to get them to brush every tooth), or create names for each tooth. By having you beside them, they can mimic your movements and will eventually learn the correct technique to brushing their teeth.

Reward good behaviour…

It’s not a new concept, but rewarding good behaviour will keep your child motivated to maintain good oral health habits. For example, you could give them a weekly surprise for having brushed their teeth properly every day, which will encourage them to continue. Just don’t give them candy or chocolate as a reward!

Get them involved at the supermarket…

Next time you are shopping for new oral health products, get your child to pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste – this will make them be excited to use their new oral health products and maintain their oral health.

Getting your child involved in oral health sets them up for life…

By getting your child excited about maintaining their oral health from an early age will build good oral health routines later in life. We recommend bringing your child to our Mosman dental practice by the time your child has their third birthday, as this will allow us to expertly assess their oral state and track their tooth development. It will also allow us to discover any issues early and recommend any early intervention to give them the best start in life.

At Millennium Dental, our aim is to achieve the following five outcomes for your child by the age of 16:

  1. Your child has all their permanent teeth present
  2. All the teeth are in the correct place
  3. The supporting tissues are healthy
  4. All the back teeth are fissure sealed
  5. All the teeth are decay free and restored

We are absolutely committed to ensuring the oral health of your child, which means making sure their teeth are clean, straight, in correct positioning and their jaw is aligned.

By doing this we give your child the best chance at retaining their natural teeth for life.

For more information on children’s dentistry or to book an appointment at our Mosman dental practice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Sibel Serce

Oral Health Therapist

Sibel is one of our Oral Health Therapists at Millennium Dental.

Since becoming a member of the team, Sibel has consistently demonstrated the utmost commitment and dedication towards helping each of our patients. She has gained her experience in both the public health sector, as well as other private clinics throughout Sydney.

Her friendly nature makes her extremely approachable. When tailoring to her patients’ needs, Sibel ensures she is able to provide an attentive yet pleasurable dental experience for everybody she meets.  She is extremely passionate about promoting oral health to both her friends and fellow peers.

Sibel is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Oral Health. She is also bilingual in speaking English and Turkish.

When she is away from the clinic, Sibel loves spending time with her big family, finding cafes for brunch as well a gym workout.

Lisa Bow

Dental Hygienist

Lisa has dedicated her working life to the field of dentistry, initially, at the youthful age of 19, graduating in 1989 as a Chairside Dental Assistant and later graduating in 1994 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Lisa’s 32 years of experience in the dental setting makes her a valuable and sought-after practitioner in our practice. 

Lisa began her dental career in Ottawa, Canada. She later brought her skills and passion for oral health to Sydney in 2000, where she accepted a position with Millennium Dental Care. Lisa spreads the flossing gospel and cares for her loyal clients by providing gentle and effective preventive treatment combined with individualized education and instruction, along with respectful and ongoing encouragementOften hearing, “That’s the best dental cleaning I’ve ever had!” at the end of her appointments. Lisa has many long and loyal client relationships within Millennium Dental Care, several have been in her care for over 20 years. Lisa’s gentle nature and respectful manner can put even the most nervous dental clients at ease. Lisa looks forward to welcoming you and your family and friends into our Millennium Dental Family. 


Lisa regularly attends ongoing continuing education through conferences and courses and is a member of the Australian Dental Hygiene Association and the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association. In her free time Lisa enjoys ridiculously long walks, spending time with her two funny teenagers, and learning new skills by watching DIY videos on YouTube. 

Shruti Kulhalli

Dentist

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide, Dr Shruti Kulhalli has worked in Sydney and Adelaide, both as a dentist and as a university clinical tutor.  Dr Shruti brings extensive range of experience to our practice and strives for perfection when treating each and every one of her patients, always tailoring her approach to an individual’s needs. Her warm and friendly manner ensures a comfortable, personal experience for each patient. Always seeking to stay up-to-date with the ever-evolving world of dentistry, she regularly attends dental conferences and courses all around Australia. With a keen interest in both cosmetic and complex restorative dentistry.  As a mum of 2 young kids, Dr Shruti is especially passionate about the need for great paediatric dentistry.

Dr Shruti particularly enjoys the interpersonal and artistic aspects of dentistry. She loves being able to meet and to get to know different people each day and nothing gives her greater pleasure than using her skills and experience to help people gain optimal dental health and a beautiful smile. She also firmly believes that health is holistic, and when planning treatment, and always considers her patient’s general physical health and their well-being with the knowledge that these can have an important influence on oral health. 

In the little time that she’s not being a dentist or a mum, Dr Shruti is a regular at her local pilates studio, and also loves learning and reading about health and wellness. In 2013, she received her certificate in health coaching with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. This has given her the unique ability as a dentist to provide advice to her patients on the link between dental health and nutrition.

Mark Rosenberg

Dentist

Dr Mark Rosenberg graduated in South Africa in 1982, before moving to London for fifteen years. During his time in London, Dr Rosenberg furthered his studies in implant dentistry, orthodontics, cosmetics and general oral surgery. In 1987 Dr Rosenberg received the LDS from the Royal College of Surgeons and also passed his American board exams. Dr Rosenberg benefited from the great experience of running multiple surgeries and a general anaesthetics clinic for many years.

Dr Rosenberg has done extensive courses in cosmetics and implant surgery and holds several post graduate implant and orthodontic diplomas.

Since immigrating to Sydney, he has enjoyed the daily drive from the Eastern suburbs to Mosman. His spare time is spent chasing after his young daughter who keeps him young and tired at the same time! He has kept fit for many years and his present regime involves running, swimming and pilates; however, his knees have decided his marathon running days are over!