Why do children need to visit a dentist?

Having good oral health in childhood will help general health in adulthood that means healthier teeth and gums. It is much better to teach good oral hygiene to your child at an early age when they are young so it will become a good habit for the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, more than half of children age 6 having some tooth decay according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, hence practice good oral hygiene is very important for children.

In the first visit, the dentist will do a regular exam to see how teeth and jaws are growing, then check the health of teeth and gums.

Then the dentist will talk to you and your child and give advice about how to prevent cavities by having healthy food and good dental hygiene.

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What age is the best for children to visit a dentist?

The best time for your child to see a dentist for the first time is after appearing their first teeth or reaching 12 months old. Although, most parents think it is unnecessary to visit a dentist until their child has a full set of teeth that is around 3 years old, however this is incorrect.

It is much better your child visit a dentist earlier because in the first visit the dentist will check the medical history and will discuss with you about:

  • Your child teething
  • Effective brushing techniques
  • Bite and how your child’s teeth come together
  • The dentist will talk about the thumb sucking habit, if necessary
  • Talk about the risk of decay and how to prevent it
  • Prevention of traumatic injury to your child’s mouth
  • Nutritional advice

It’s recommended, your children see a dentist every 6 months after their first visit. It will be beneficial for both children and parents and will help them to gain important oral hygiene skills for life.

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Child Dental Benefits Schedule ( CDBS )

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a scheme run by Australian Medicare that gives eligible children up to $1,026 benefits over 2 calendar years to pay for their dental services.

You can use the $1026 in public or private dental clinics, also you can use all of the funds at once or in two years’ time.

Your dentist can check whether your child is eligible to receive CDBS payments and how much is remaining in their balance.

Before Booking An Appointment

Before making an appointment you can confirm with a dental practice if they accept the Medicare CDBS scheme allowing free dentistry for your child up to the amount of $1026. The practice can also check whenever your child is eligible or not and how much fund is remaining in your balance.

Here at Amitis Dental Studio, we accept CDBS payments. In any situation where the cost of treatment exceeds this $1026 limit then our dentists will discuss with you to receive your consent prior to proceeding with treatment.

Alternatively, you can check your balance If you’re not sure how much is left by visiting either:

  • Medicare online account
  • Medicare program

Who Is Eligible For $1026 Under CDBS?

To receive this benefit your child must be:

  • Between 2 to 17 years old
  • Eligible for Medicare
  • Getting a payment from the government or have a parent receiving one of the following payments:
  • Family tax benefit A
  • Youth allowance
  • Parenting payment
  • Carers payment
  • Special benefit
  • Disability support pension
  • The benefit under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (16 years and older)
  • The benefit under the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme (VCES) (16 years or older)

For more information about please visit the Services Australian website.

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What is covered and what is not covered with CDBS

CDBS covers some dental services up to $1026 over two calendar years. The services include:

  • Dental check-ups
  • X-rays
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Fissure sealing
  • Dental fillings
  • Root canals treatment
  • Tooth Extractions

There are some restrictions for basic dental services, so make sure to check with your dentist about some dental service restrictions before starting your service.

Some dental services are not covered with CDBS like orthodontic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and any dental services in a hospital.

When was the last time your Kids visited a dentist?

If you need an appointment for your children with our lovely dentist at Amitis Dental Studio Fortitude Valley don’t hesitate to call us today or visit our website.

For more information regarding the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) and its eligibility, visit the Services Australia website, or call Medicare Australia on 132 011