Tight on cash? Did you know that the Australian Government has put a program in place to offer free child dental benefits to those who qualify?
Affordable Kids Dental Care
Despite efforts to make dental care as affordable as possible, many families still struggle to pay for services. Luckily, there are programs to help.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
Established in January of 2014, the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides access to dental benefits and services for an estimated 3 million Australian children. Who Qualifies for CDBS and Affordable Children Dentist Checkups?
- Those eligible for Medicare. Those children between the ages of 2-17. The child’s family must receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.
What is Covered?
The benefits covered under CDBS are broad, and include a range of preventative, diagnostic and dental treatments. Examples include but are not limited to: Check ups and cleans.
- X-rays. Fissure sealing. Fillings. Exactions. Root canals.
What Isn’t Covered Under CDBS?
- Cosmetic dental work. Orthodontic services.
How Much Can My Child Receive in Dental Benefits?
- Access to up to $1,013 (over 2-consecutive calendar years)
How Can I Register My Child for Free Dental Benefits and Affordable Kids Dental Care?
All residents who qualify for free dental benefits under CDBS will be notified of their eligibility by the Department of Human Services. No applications or registration is required. Those interested in inquiring about eligibility may contact Services Australia or visit the official Services Australia website for more information.
Parents may also check their child’s balance and eligibility through their online Medicare account.
How Do I Access Free Dental Checkups for My Child?
You may take your child for dental care to any public dental clinic in VIC, or receive care through private dental providers.
Free Dental Checkups for Kids with CDBS and Dentists of Ivanhoe!
Oral health and wellness is an important aspect of your child’s overall well-being. Early treatment and preventative care can ensure they have a happy healthy smile for decades to come. Don’t let money and a tight budget get in the way. Take advantage of CDBS benefits and come see Dr Shehan and his team at Dentists of Ivanhoe today.
Our team is family-friendly, accommodating, and compassionate. We are excited to be a part of your child’s future and helping them live a happy, healthy life full of bright white smiles.