The Child Dental Benefits Scheme and your dentist in Geelong

August 15, 2015

For many families, dental care can put financial strain on the family budget. However the introduction of the Child Dental Benefits Scheme in 2014 should greatly reduce the stress of regular dental visits for children.

Regular visits to the dentist are vital to maintaining optimal dental health and the earlier problems are identified, the earlier preventative measures or treatments can begin. And the earlier these regular visits start the better! At Dentistry of Excellence, your dentist will talk to you and your children about the best things you can be doing at home to keep your teeth, gums and mouth in tip-top shape. And remember, the care you take at home with your teeth is just as important as your regular visits to your dentist in Geelong.

The Child Dental Benefits Scheme provides financial assistance for all eligible families and is available to children aged between 2 – 17 years of age. The child or children must be eligible for Medicare and the family, guardian or carer must receive Tax Benefit Part A, Parenting Payment or Double Orphan Pension, or the child receives any of the following government benefits including:

  • Parenting Payment
  • Carer Payment
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance.

Over a two year period, up to $1000 can be claimed for basic dental services such as dental examinations, x-rays, teeth cleaning, root canal treatment, tooth extraction or removal, fillings and fissure sealing. The dental services can be provided by either a public or private dentist Geelong-wide, giving you the choice as to the dentist you see.

If you think your child or children might be eligible under the Child Dental Benefits Scheme, you can contact Medicare or visit your local Medicare or Centrelink office. Your dentist will be able to let you know if the services or treatment to be provided attracts the benefits under the scheme. Please note that benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental procedures, nor for any procedures or treatments provided in a hospital.

Dentistry of Excellence is pleased to be able to offer our comprehensive dental services and care to all those in Geelong who need it. Please contact our friendly team if you have any queries about the services we offer and their eligibility to attract benefits under the Child Dental Benefits Scheme.