What is a Paediatric Dentist?


A Paediatric Dentist is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through to teenage years. At just 6 months after birth, children begin to grow their baby teeth which they later lose at around age 6 or 7. They normally develop 20 baby teeth – 10 in their upper jaw and 10 in their lower jaw.  These baby teeth (also known as deciduous teeth, milk teeth or baby teeth) will be replaced with permanent teeth which will hopefully be with them for most of their adult life.  (The very young, pre-teen and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behaviour, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems.The Paediatric Dentist is qualified to meet these needs.

In the same way that paediatricians are trained to meet a child’s medical needs, paediatric dentists are uniquely qualified to protect your child’s oral health using the most advanced techniques, and all in our delightfully friendly treatment area. A paediatric dentist learns how to deal with the behavioral aspects of children, and how to make them feel comfortable, so that they will have a wonderful visit. They also are trained and qualified to treat special needs patients.

Dr. Audrey Camilleri, a fully qualified peadiatric dentist at our dental clinic, strives to provide the highest level of preventative and comprehensive dental care for each child, including children with special healthcare needs. Her focus is on prevention and education in collaboration with each parent and child.  She values continuing education and professional development both for herself and for her team. She believes in embracing the latest paediatric dentistry technology and her new equipment improves each child’s level of discomfort, time in the chair and overall dental care. An intra oral camera gives her the ability to show children what she is doing and educate them on their oral care.