Dr Linda Nguyen

BDSc Melb. (Hons), DCD (Paed Dent), GradDipClinDent

Dr Linda Nguyen

BDSc Melb. (Hons), DCD (Paed Dent), GradDipClinDent

Dr Linda Nguyen is a Registered Specialist Paediatric Dentist and treats patients as a visiting consultant at DentalCare Carnegie Children’s Clinic.

Dr Linda has extensive experience looking after children with all needs and has a passion for making sure every child has access to quality dentistry in Carnegie.

Dr Linda focuses on preventative treatments (check-ups and cleans) and restorative dental treatments (fillings, crowns, root canals), as well as providing specialist advice on the growth and development of your child. Treatment can also be managed with sedation and under general anaesthesia.

“My focus is to make genuine connections with my patients. By doing this, I am able to create positive associations with dental visits and guide children towards a lifetime of optimal oral health.” – Dr Linda Nguyen

Why is it important to care for your children’s teeth?

Did you know that tooth decay (dental caries) is one of the most common chronic diseases in children? It is five times as common as asthma!

Caring for your children’s teeth and keeping their gums healthy from the time they start teething will help keep cavities, infections, and pain at bay. Further, decayed baby teeth can cause damage to permanent (adult) teeth.

Having a regular hygiene routine with your child dentistry Carnegie is one way to go. But, you also need to ensure that you follow good oral hygiene practices at home. If you notice white lines or spots on your child's front teeth, contact the dentist as these are early signs of decay.

Children with special needs

If you are making an appointment for a child who has special needs, please speak to one of our friendly reception team so we can work through a process that will best suit you and your child. Call on 03 9571 6667 to book an appointment.

Your child’s first dental visit

The first dental visit for a child should be scheduled around the time of their third birthday if there are no concerns that would warrant an earlier visit. The most important aspect of the visit is getting to know and trust our practice, dentists, and staff. A pleasant, comfortable first visit fosters trust and helps your child relax during subsequent dental visits. Allow your child to sit on your lap during your next visit to our child dentistry Carnegie office while you have your teeth examined.

Preventative Procedures for Children at Child Dentistry Carnegie

Our preventive procedures at child dentistry Carnegie are designed to keep debilitating dental diseases like dental caries at bay. Fluoride treatments are available to deliver fluoride to the teeth and strengthen them against cavity formation. Dentists also apply fissure sealants to teeth that are more prone to food accumulation and thus decay.

Tooth Fillings for Children's Dental Health

If your child has a cavity, the dentist at DentalCare Carnegie will fill it with dental filling to preserve its chewing function. Our specialist in child dentistry Carnegie aims to treat symptoms and prevent early tooth loss.

Tooth Extractions: When are they necessary?

There are several reasons why the dentist may need to extract a tooth. These are some examples:

Over-retained deciduous teeth:

Baby teeth in some kids tend to remain in the mouth for too long and hinder the eruption of permanent teeth. When this occurs, the over-retained deciduous tooth must be extracted to allow the permanent (adult) tooth to erupt properly.


If your child's teeth are overcrowded, the orthodontist may recommend tooth extraction to make room for proper tooth alignment.

Infected teeth:

A dentist would have to extract a severely decayed tooth. This happens when there are several cavities, especially in deciduous teeth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your child's appointment is a special time! Its our opportunity to help you as parents guide your child on a path of good and sustained oral health.

We have two points of entry to our clinic. Our clinic is located at Suite 1, 61 Koornang Rd Carnegie. Entry 1 is located on Rosstown Rd. Entry 2 is located on Koornang Rd. You and your child/children will be  entering via Entry point 2, on Koornang Rd where our friendly team will be waiting for you.

There is parking available on Koornang Rd (1 hour parking), Rosstown Rd (2 hour parking) or around the corner at the Woolworths car park located at 11-29 Kokaribb St, Carnegie (4 hour parking). The Koornang Rd Strip is renowned for its eateries, Asian fusion cuisine, shopping and has a lovely, child friendly library and small outdoors play area. You and your child will enjoy your visit to the street!
Upon your arrival into the clinic, you will be met by one of our friendly reception team. We will welcome you and your child with a warm smile and, introduce ourselves to your child. We will confirm we have all of your details (new patient form if you are a new patient) and any other details we need such as insurance / Medicare details.

While you and your child are waiting for your appointment, you can select from any Netflix or YouTube shows in the waiting area. Please feel free to ask the reception team to change the show if you think it will help your child relax.

We also have a range of Nespresso coffee and T2 Herbal Teas for parents to enjoy.
When it comes time for your child's appointment, your child's Clinician or their dental assistant will come into reception and call out your child's name. You and your child will be welcomed into one of our treatment rooms.

The clinician will discuss your child's medical and dental history with you in detail and, will then ask your child is she can have a look in his/her mouth. The clinician may dictate some notes to her dental assistant while performing a visual check inside your child's mouth and ask to take some diagnostic images such as x-rays or photos with our digital intraoral camera (This kind of looks like a pen). From here, the clinician will discuss her findings with you. If any arrangements need to be made for further treatment, it will be organised for you before the end of your visit. All of our clinicians are very approachable and welcome you to ask any questions or relay any concerns about your child's oral health and oral development.

The main objective throughout the appointment is to keep your child calm, cooperative and feeling secure.

We have partnered with Afterpay, ZIP pay and HUMM pay. If you would like to find out more about these options, please contact one of our friendly reception team prior to your appointment.

Our clinic bulk bills for all children who are eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS) (up to their allocated limit).

Getting your child ready for their appointment

Set the scene...

For younger children, you may like to show them one of the following clips to get them prepared for their appointment.

We are looking forward to meeting you

A friendly welcome from our team!

Dr Linda is a registered specialist paediatric dentist and qualified conscious sedationist.

Throughout her extensive career, Dr Linda has been involved in projects to promote the dental health of children in rural Vietnam, as well as being involved in the Aboriginal Health Services Dental Program by flying in and out of rural communities across Australia.

As a Paediatric specialist, Dr Linda has extensive training in the behavioural management of children as well as children and adults with special needs. This means that Dr Linda is able to manage and treat cases with the highest degree of difficulty. Dr Linda is also a clinical demonstrator for Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Melbourne.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dr Linda recommends bringing your child for their first dental visit by 12 months of age or when their first baby tooth comes out. At this appointment, she can assess your child and give you very important information about your child's tooth development, dietary needs for healthy tooth development and answer any questions you may have about your child's oral health

As a paediatric specialist, Dr Linda has undertaken three years of post graduate, full time extensive study, specialising in comprehensively managing children's dental needs, including admission privileges and endorsements at major hospitals for treatment under General Anaesthetic. This means that Dr Linda undertakes the most challenging cases, complex interdisciplinary cases as well as everyday general treatment, and is routinely referred patients from other General Dentists when specialist level treatment is required.  

Yes, we do use 'happy gas' otherwise known as Nitrous Oxide. While we have extensive experience dealing with children with different needs and many strategies to help relieve anxiety during your child's dental visit, there are cases where, together with you, our team will decide to use 'happy gas'.

Yes, you will need a referral to see Dr Linda. One of our friendly team will be more than happy to help you book an appointment with one of our general dentists over the phone 9571 6667 for an initial consultation. Otherwise you can conveniently book online through our 'book an appointment page' on our website. 

Dr Linda also accepts referrals from external general dentists and, will send all related communication post appointment to your referring dentist.

The answer to this depends on many factors including the age of your child, the treatment needed, the length of the treatment, the anxiety or anticipation levels of your child. We will be able to guide you through these options at your consultation in the clinic. 

The main focus for us is that your child feels as stress-free and as calm as possible during his/ her treatment.

We have many strategies to manage the expectations and requirements your children and you as parents/caregivers have and in most cases, can perform the treatment in the clinic. 

There are instances where we will recommend your child have their treatment done under General Anaesthetic in the hospital. Dr Linda has operating rights at Chesterville Day Hospital, Bellbird Private Hospital and Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital and works closely with an amazing team of anaesthetists and hospital staff to make your child's experience as positive as possible. 

No, you should not be worried! Our recommendation is to book in a consultation with Dr Linda who will be able to review your child and give you the most up to date, safest advice for your child.

 It is very important to make our children feel like they are independent. Most likely, they feel that way already and are ready to take on the world!
Here are some tips to help your children have a positive association with tooth brushing and good oral heath:
1. Model tooth brushing to your children. Show them how good you feel when you have clean and healthy teeth.
2.Let them brush their teeth first and then let them know you will just double check the really hard spots to reach.  
3. Make brushing teeth a fun habit. Use reward charts and/or play a one of their favourite songs for two minutes while they brush. Here's a favourite of ours, the wiggle tooth brushing song: https://youtu.be/25eHECdTSI8
4. Be excited when your child finishes brushing their teeth. You can say, "WOW, your teeth look so clean and shiny" or, "WOW, your breath smells so fresh and clean" 

What Our Patients Say

Sabrina Alday
Sabrina Alday
Everyone in DentalCare Carnegie is 5-star! I live in the Northern suburbs but still willing to travel to Carnegie for a dental appointment. The dentists are all very competent but it’s the people at the reception and the dental assistants that are top notch. They are all very warm and accommodating. I had a wisdom teeth surgery with Dr Paul recently and it went really well. We were able to finish in about half an hour, and recovered pretty quick. I also appreciate that the clinic called to check on me the day after and give more after care instructions for a speedy recovery.
Scott Bertram
Scott Bertram
Great friendly staff. Dr Dave is awesome. Surgery runs On time and notify you if there is a delay. So important in a time poor world.
Filling fell out and next day it was fixed. Fabulous service, great dentist gentle and caring and explained everything
Jocelyn Vuong
Jocelyn Vuong
Great friendly staff and so caring and gentle dentist. Glad I made the right choice in the beginning to pick this dental practice. Highly recommended 😘
Marilyn Joy Corpuz
Marilyn Joy Corpuz
Saw Dr. Julie Sheng for toothache on my molar that’s been festering me. The team contacted me on the day of booking to understand how the toothache started and suggested to get previous records from my previous dentist in the cbd, which I like so they have my records/history going forward. Dr. Julie explained the cause of my toothache whilst showing the xray of my teeth, gums and bones. She also provided the details of what are the next steps and asked me if I am happy to proceed with the root canal after she provided the estimated costs. I appreciate the transparency, explanation of details, and confirmation before proceeding with the treatment. Recommending the same clinic to my husband now.
Andrea Montilla
Andrea Montilla
I always take my 2yr old to see Dr Sami as she is amazing with kids. Dr Dave is also very thorough, had my wisdom teeth removed with him. Highly recommended!
Mike Heng
Mike Heng
Very friendly reception and dentist. Always has great experience with Dr Andrew.
Jacob Vilinsky
Jacob Vilinsky
I have been seeing Dr Alex for almost ten years. He is the most incredibly caring and gentle dentist. I highly recommend this clinic to all people...the care given by the team is second to none.
Tom N.
Tom N.
I've been going here for over 3-4 years for general checkups - Had my root canel done here and all going well. Wife and kid also go here. High level of standards of care and service. Always on time, friendly, and helpful. Well done to Reception team, Cam, Estelle and Dr Alex for making this clinic the gold standard of dental care.
Dinesh Hiralal Singapuri
Dinesh Hiralal Singapuri
Strongly recommend anyone to visit Dentalcare Carnegie! The treatment was so amazing- felt relaxed & comfortable! Thank you Dr Julie Sheng

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