Child Dental Benefits Schedule
On 23 April 2016, the Australian Government announced its intention to close the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) from 1 July 2016. As the legislation was not passed by Parliament before the Government entered into caretaker arrangements on 9 May 2016, the CDBS remains open for now.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is a child dental benefits programme. It gives eligible children between the ages of 2 and 17 access to up to $1000 for dental services over a two year period.
You do not need to register for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. Eligible families and teenagers will have received a letter from the Australian Government.
Eligible children and teenagers for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule have to be between 2 and 17 years old AND eligible for Medicare AND part of a family that receives Family Tax Benefit Part A OR the child receives an Australian Government payment from the list at humanservices.gov.au/childdental
As our primary concern is to maintain the dental health of your childs mouth, you may now wish to call us so we can check your childs eligibility and make you an appointment to perform any necessary treatment..
Please remember that early treatment reduces the risk of a larger problem later in life. Unfortunately, many children suffer from tooth decay. Due to poor dental hygiene and diets high in sugars, many children are leaving their teeth open to bacteria and plaque build up. This build up wears down enamel and can infect teeth, causing a wide range of issues. If something is not done about this plaque build up, this can lead to disease, decay and even tooth loss. For this reason, it’s important that children practise proper oral hygiene.
Proper oral hygiene involves brushing twice a day for at least two minutes per day. In addition to this, children should also be flossing every day. Of course, limiting foods and drink high in sugar and acid is a great idea. Lastly, having regular dental check ups is also an important part of keeping teeth strong and healthy.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding the planned treatment please feel free to call me.