the child dental benefits schedule how it can help your child preston At True Dental Care Preston, we are concerned about the health of Australia’s children.

A national study by the University of Adelaide indicates that the dental health of our children is at risk.

The study surveying 24,000 children from ages 5 to 14 revealed that 25% of Australian children, ages ten and below, suffer from untreated tooth decay.

The principal researcher on the project, Associate Professor Loc Do, reports that tooth decay affected a significant proportion of children.

Over 40 per cent of children aged 5 to 10 years had decay in their primary [baby] teeth. One-quarter of those children had never received treatment for tooth decay.

The numbers are scarcely better for older children – 33% of children from 9-14 have decayed permanent teeth, and one-seventh have never received treatment for that decay.

And while Australia tries to support our children with the National Oral Health Plan (designed to ensure that every Australian child sees a dentist), one in nine children have never visited a dentist at all.

At True Dental Care Preston, we’re happy to say that we can work with you and the Commonwealth Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) to ensure your children’s dental health!

Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Commonwealth Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a dental benefits program supporting eligible children from 2–17 years of age.

It provides two years of benefits to an eligible child, for essential dental services. It covers more than 3 million children, making them eligible for dental care funded through Medicare.

What Dental Services are Included?

The CDBS covers a range of essential dental services:

  • Examinations
  • Clean, scale and polish
  • Fissure sealing
  • Fillings
  • X-rays
  • Root canal treatment
  • Emergencies
  • Extractions

Some services are not benefitted by the CDBS, including cosmetic treatments, orthodontic procedures, and procedures performed in hospitals.

Who is covered?

To be eligible, you must be:

  • Between 2 and seventeen years old for one day of the calendar year.
  • Medicare-eligible
  • Receiving one of the payments listed below.

If the child’s parent, carer, or guardian receives:

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Parenting Payment, or
  • Double Orphan Pension

If the child receives:

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance
  • Financial assistance under the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme (under specific circumstances)
  • Financial assistance under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (under specific circumstances)

You’ll receive a letter confirming your child’s eligibility if you’re a:

  • Parent
  • Guardian
  • Approved care organisation

Older children getting payments under their name may also receive a letter.

For more information, you may contact Medicare on 132 0111, or Centrelink on 134 150.

At True Dental Care Preston, we understand that lists of eligibility requirements can be difficult to navigate. If you have any questions about CDBS, please feel free to call us!

True Dental Care Preston and Children’s Dentistry

True Dental Care Preston is your dentist for children’s dentistry and dentistry of all kinds.

A complete range of dental treatments, and more, is offered to you and your child at True Dental Care Preston, where we provide treatments for patients of all ages, and all under one convenient roof!

At True Dental Care Preston, you can submit your claim directly after your child’s treatment.

You can also file a claim by calling Medicare; or downloading a Medicare claim form and posting it to the Department of Human Services, GPO Box 9822.

Finally, you can submit your claim personally at the local Medicare Service Centre.

Further information on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule is available on the Department of Health Website.

Please call us at True Dental Care Preston on (03) 9131 5952 to make an appointment for your child and take advantage of your benefits under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

Children’s oral health is essential. In fact, it lays the keystones of your child’s oral health as they grow up.

This makes it crucial to find the right dentist for your child, and while all clinics promise outstanding results, of course, they can’t all deliver.

At True Dental Care Preston, we know we can, and we know that if you and your child stop by, we can begin their journey towards a lifetime of dental health!

More about children’s dentistry at True Dental Care Preston

True Dental Care Preston for your Dental Health

The foundation of True Dental Care Preston is a passion for attractive, healthy smiles.

We offer general dentistry, implants, and cosmetic dentistry, and emergency services, in an advanced facility with a highly trained staff and cutting-edge technology.

We are near the corner of Bell St and Donovan St, only 25 meters from the Bell Train Station! Our offices are on the ground floor.

True Dental Care Preston offers a wide range of treatment options from pain management to implants and Invisalign.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Bulk Bill for children who are eligible for MEDICARE CHILD DENTAL BENEFIT SCHEDULE

Up to $1000 worth of dental treatments over two years

Call (03) 9131 5952 or visit us at 358 Bell St in Preston.

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