The Child Dental Benefits Schedule will continue in 2017
In the news:
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has applauded announcement by the Turnbull Government and its Health Minister, Greg Hunt, to reinstate the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) cap to $1,000.
The Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) is the new Medicare scheme intended to benefit children aged 2-17. Your dental team at United Smiles supports this exciting government initiative that would surely improve your child’s overall oral health wellness. We invite you to take advantage of this new opportunity.
We understand the value of forming good dental habits early on in life. Showing your child the importance of good dental care, especially taking them to the dentist at an early age, is a crucial part of developing oral care routine that will minimise the occurrence of tooth problems in childhood and adulthood. This new offer makes your child’s first trip to the dentist more accessible as they are entitled to receive $1,000 worth of dental treatments over two year period.
Is your Child Eligible?
The child dental benefits schedule was run by the federal government on 1st January 2014, which entitles children between the ages of 2 and 17 to $1000 of free dental care. Those eligible should be:
- Eligible for Medicare
- Aged 2-17 years of age for at least 1 day of the calendar year
- A family member receives government assistance for at least one day of the calendar year. Government payments that make patients eligible include:
- Parenting payment
- Disability Support Pension
- Carer payment
- Veteran’s Children Education Schedule (if child is 16 or older)
- Special benefit
- Double Orphan Pension
- Youth allowance
- Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (if child is 16 or older)
Your child will be eligible for the dental benefits throughout each calendar year. Once approved, the child will receive benefits for two consecutive years. For instance, if the first dental appointment date is on the 1st of January 2014, your child will be eligible for benefits from 2014 until the end of 2016. If the child is still eligible in 2016 and receives dental treatment, then the $1000 grant resets and can be used over 2016 and 2017.
Dental Services Covered by CDBS
The dental procedures covered by the Child Dental Benefit Schedule include the following:
- Scaling and cleaning
- Oral hygiene instructions
- Fluoride treatment
- Fissure Sealants
- Tooth Extractions
- Radiographs or X-rays
Services that are not under the child dental benefits schedule involve orthodontics and cosmetic dental procedures including those conducted in hospital. Dental treatments provided under CDBS will not contribute to the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.
Quality Dental Care for Children in Mernda, Doreen, Beveridge, Whittlesea and Melbourne
Call us on (03) 8682 8658 or book your appointment online to know whether your children are qualified for Child Dental Benefit Schedule when you schedule an appointment for them. At United Smiles, we are passionate about your child’s oral health.
Our dental office includes an ample parking available at the rear of the building. Wheel chair access is also available from the front of the building and all of our surgeries have been built to accommodate this.
Our Special Offers
At United Smiles in Mernda, our goal is to make quality dental care affordable. We encourage you to take advantage of our latest offers.