How the New Medicare Dental Scheme Benefit Millions of Children

Why is visiting the dentist a requisite?
More often than not, most of us overlook the importance of regular dental checks until an excruciating and unbearable toothache attacks us when we least expect it.

While waiting for the painkiller medications to do its job, chances are it will dawn on you how vital taking care of your teeth is to your overall health and well-being. Fortunately, a similar scenario can be easily avoided.

knocked out tooth

knocked out tooth

Visiting your dental provider at least twice a year can help ensure your dental health is at par. This bi-annual dental assessment allows your dentist to check the overall condition of your mouth, giving your mouth a thorough examination to make sure your gums and teeth are in good shape.

Fortunately with the new Medicare scheme called the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS), a healthy and beaming smile can be achieved even at an early age. After all, having healthy teeth does not only help boost one’s self-confidence, in some instances, it is also a clear indicator of how healthy you are inside and out.

What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?
As of January 2014, around 3.4 million children had the privilege to take advantage of the free dental treatment offered by Medicare’s new scheme aptly dubbed the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS). Eligible children are entitled to as much as $1000 worth of dental services for a two-year calendar period. This has replaced the Medicare Teen Dental Plan (MTDP) and is aimed at providing children aged 2 and 17 years access to optimum oral hygiene.

If members wish to consult with their preferred dental practitioners, it is fortunate to note there are other health insurance providers that offer full coverage in terms of medical expenses.

Who are eligible for the dental services?
The Department of Human Services will be the ones to assess whether or not a child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. Children between 2 and 17 years old whose families receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian government payment are deemed eligible.

What dental services are covered by the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?
The range of dental services covered by the aforementioned scheme include fillings, x-rays, extractions, fissure sealing, oral prophylaxis, root canals and partial dentures. Keep in mind however, that benefits of the said program exclude orthodontic and cosmetic dental services and cannot be used to pay for services offered in a hospital.

Thanks to Medicare’s new dental scheme, possessing a megawatt and super healthy smile at an early age is now very feasible.

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