What Is A Paediatric Dentist

Paediatric dentists are a specialist group of dentists trained to provide comprehensive dental care for children from infancy until adulthood.

Newcastle Paediatric Dental Services is one of the first specialist paediatric practices in regional Australia, established in 2003. In September 2010 we relocated to our custom-designed facility in Brown Road. Our new home is fitted with three modern surgeries with a child-friendly feel.

Newcastle Paediatric Dental Service is one of the first specialist paediatric practices in regional Australia, established in 2003.

KidsSmile Team

Dr Helen Cornwell

Dr Helen Cornwell returned home to Newcastle in 2004 after years away for training. She completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in Adelaide after which she worked in regional NSW, SA and Victoria. Helen then moved to Melbourne to undertake her specialist training at The University of Melbourne and The Royal Children's Hospital, going on to become a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Helen is a Visiting Medical Officer at the John Hunter Children's Hospital as a part of their Cleft Palate team as well as working with the University of Newcastle as a Conjoint Senior Lecturer as a part of their Oral Health Unit.

Helen has lectured both locally and internationally on aspects of Paediatric dentistry, dental trauma and sport dentistry. She also enjoys a special interest in looking after children with chalky teeth.

Current memberships (2018) include:

  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Paediatric Dentistry
  • Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Australian Dental Association (Newcastle Committee Member)
  • International Association of Dental Traumatology
  • The D3 Group for Developmental Dental Defects

Helen is married to Tony (a physiotherapist) and together they have three infants-primary school aged children.

Interests outside dentistry include: running, swimming, sailing and camping whilst she enjoys music and theatre.

Dr Will Tang

Dr Will graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Dentistry in 2011. Following this, he worked for several years in the wider Newcastle Region before returning to Sydney in 2015 to complete his speciality training in Paediatric Dentistry. Will enjoys all aspects of Paediatric Dentistry but has a special interest in endodontic treatment and trauma. He is enjoying being back in the Newcastle region and in his spare time enjoys scuba diving, travelling and exploring the local wineries in the region.