What to expect from my first dentist appointment
65% of Australians haven’t seen a dentist in two years
Your child’s life is full of firsts – from their first steps and first day at school to their first kiss and first driving lesson. But did you know that from the moment your bundle of joy grows their first baby tooth, they should be visiting the dentist regularly?
To help parents make sure their kids are given the best chance of a 1,000-watt smile, the government offers the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), giving access to $1,000 worth of dental services1 over two years to each eligible child.
This means that your child’s dental appointments could cost you nothing.
And, it’s not just standard check-ups that the CDBS will cover; it can be used on a range of different services including x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions.
Because this benefit is means tested, to receive the CDBS you must meet a number of criteria.
Not sure whether you meet the criteria? There’s a number of ways you can confirm:
If your children are eligible, they could be given up to $1,0001 to spend on their pearly whites over two calendar years - all the more reason to familiarise your kids with the dentist’s chair!
Once you’ve confirmed that your child is eligible, it’s time to find a local dentist. Visit Whitecoat to search for a local dentist who bulk-bills – that way you won’t need to pay a cent for the check-up.
If your dentist doesn’t offer bulk-billing, you’ll have to pay for the services and then claim the benefit back through Medicare or your myGov account.
Keen to read more about looking after your teeth? Check out our article on 6 things you’re probably doing that are ruining your teeth.
1Free when services covered by the Commonwealth Government’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule are bulk billed by participating Practitioners for treatments provided to eligible patients.