Capital Dental Paedodontics

Capital Dental proudly welcomes Dr Mohammad Alansary as a paediatric dentist in Wellington. Children's oral health care is important to us because we strongly feel that paediatric dental care is essential for giving children the proper foundation for a healthy life, from childhood through adolescence and beyond.

What is the difference between a paediatric dentist and a family dentist? 

Paediatric dentists are the paediatricians of dentistry. A paediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Paediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. 

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up? 

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.

Are baby teeth really that important to my child? 

Primary, or "baby," teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. 

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist? 

A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health. 

How can parents help prevent tooth decay? 

Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.

Children and adolescents in New Zealand

Children in New Zealand who meet the eligibility criteria for publicly funded health and disability services are entitled to free basic oral health services from birth to 17 years of age (until their 18th birthday).

  • Enrol your child as early as possible, so that you can arrange the first check-up.
  • Your child’s first visit will usually be between their 1st and 2nd birthdays. Dental staff will let you know the time of your appointment once you enrol.

How to enrol

It’s easy to enrol – just call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583).

We’ll guide you through it and send you the right forms for you to fill in.

  • If your child is a preschooler or at primary school, fill in the forms and post them to your local oral health service.
  • If your child is older, they’ll see a dentist in the community. If your dentist does not have a contract with your local district health board, call 0800 Talk Teeth (0800 825 583) and we will help you find a dentist near you who does.

Standard treatments

Standard treatments are free and include:

  • routine examination to check teeth for decay and look at the gums and mouth for any problems
  • X-rays used to find tooth decay and other problems that can’t be seen
  • fluoride treatment, which helps make the surface of the teeth more resistant to decay
  • fissure sealants, which are a thin layer of white filling, painted onto teeth that are at risk of developing tooth decay
  • cleaning to plaque, staining and tartar from teeth
  • fillings to restore teeth that have been affected by tooth decay
  • extractions to remove teeth that have been badly affected by tooth decay

Referral for extra treatments

If your child needs extra treatments, you'll be referred to another oral health service provider.

  • Many treatments will still be free, but you'll need to pay for some treatments – such as orthodontics, sedation and specialist care.
  • Talk to your local oral health service about the costs and payment options.

Keep checking

Don’t wait for teeth problems; take your child for regular check-ups.

Your dental therapist or dentist will let you know how often you need to take your child.

Dental check-ups for young children mean problems are recognised and treated early.

  • Try to get an appointment for a time when your child isn’t tired.
  • Always be positive about dental visits. Use language such as ‘keeping your teeth healthy’ and ‘keeping your smile beautiful’.
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The team at Capital Dental Paedodontics

Paediatric Dentist
Mohammad worked as an Oral Surgeon/Trauma Registrar for five years in Kuwait Ministry of Health during which he obtained the Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (UK) in 2001. 
He joined Leeds University (UK) in 2003 for his Paediatric Dentistry training and graduated with Masters in Dental Sciences/...