We understand that school holidays can be busy – there’s a lot of fun to be had; but it’s also an opportune time to tick off some important things that need completing off that checklist, without having to worry about taking the kids out of school.
If your child has not had their regular dental check-up yet, the school holidays is an ideal time to book in an appointment.
We bulk bill kids who are eligible for the Medicare Child’s Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). The CDBS provides up to $1000 worth of dental treatments every two years for children aged between 2 and 17 including dental examinations, X-rays and tooth extractions. There will be no out of pocket costs.
If you have private health insurance for your family, your child’s check-up may be covered in your policy and you may not have to pay any gap fees. Be sure to check your level of cover with your health fund before your appointment to know what you are covered for.
We also offer interest-free payment plans through Afterpay, ZipPay and ZipMoney, to take the pressure off the family budget and give you peace of mind.
Wishing all of our smaller patients a joyful school holiday break. We look forward to seeing them, and their beautiful smiles, at ArtSmiles soon.
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The benefit is a $1,000 fund that an eligible child will receive every two years once qualified. Parents have to apply and pass a means test to qualify for this benefit, which means they should have previously received or qualified for a Family Tax Benefit Part A, Parenting Payment, or other similar Australian government payment system. This is our way of helping parents in challenging times through bulk billing so that they don’t have to pay for out-of-pocket expenses.
To check for eligibility contact Medicare on 132 011 or visit www.humanservices.gov.au/childdental
A child aged between 2 to 17 years, eligible for Medicare and receive payments from the Australian Government for at least a certain part of the calendar year, is eligible for the CBDS.
Qualified families are informed of their eligibility by the government through email. You can also inquire directly at the Department of Health. Once qualified, disbursement of the CBDS will be done through Medicare, so it is recommended that your Medicare personal details are updated for this.
The basic dental services covered by the CBDS are cleaning, examinations, x-rays, fillings, tooth extractions, root canals, and fissure sealing. Services that are not covered by the scheme are cosmetic dental work, orthodontic dental work, and services rendered in a hospital.
Likewise, the CBDS does not cover the thresholds indicated by your Medicare Safety Net and Extended Medicare Safety Net. The child’s $1,000 cap benefits start with her/his first dental treatment and last for two consecutive years. Any remaining funds after the second year will be forfeited.
It’s recommended that children visit the dentist when their first tooth erupts, or when they reach the age of two. Much of the first visit is spent giving them a ride in the “big chair” and teaching how to care for their teeth properly. We will also clean their teeth if they feel comfortable, but it is more important early on to make sure that they feel welcome and at ease.
Children should visit the dentist every six months, just like adults. This gives us the opportunity to monitor your child’s oral development so any concerns can be addressed early on.
There are few things a parent can do to ease the angst of the children’s dentist visit. Role-playing “dentist-patient” is an excellent way to prepare your child for the upcoming appointment. Count each other’s teeth while looking in the mirror.
How to Prepare for Your Child’s First Dental Visit:
We recommend both adults and children visit the dentist every six months to have dental check-ups and routine cleanings. After your first paediatric dental visit, your dentist will recommend the appropriate frequency for your child’s appointments.
Some may think that since baby teeth are not permanent, the care for them is optional. Baby teeth are essential in the development of speech, proper nutrition and digestion, and development of the permanent teeth. Thus good home care that includes daily cleaning of baby teeth is required. Nowadays the market is full of products to care for baby teeth. Find what suits your style of parenting best. You can use baby toothbrush or cloths and water. The most important thing to remember here is that you are building a lifelong habit, so do it regularly.
Typically baby teeth get loose, fall out, and permanent teeth start coming in around six years old. The change may take place as early as four years old or as late as 8. If your baby’s teeth erupted early, they are likely to fall out earlier. In case of late teethers, they may fall out later. The process of primary tooth getting loose and permanent tooth erupting lasts several months. The full mouth transition happens in a matter of several years starting with the front incisors & ending with molars by the age of 12. If you observe that baby teeth not falling out and new teeth are coming in, please call the dental office to book an appointment for your child. Your family or paediatric dentist may have to “assist” in this transition by making the baby tooth “go to sleep and sending it to the tooth fairy” so the “big boy or big girl tooth” could come out.