CHILDREN’S DENTAL CARE
Dental care for children begins from the moment the first baby tooth emerges at around 6 months. Children are not just little adults – they have a different set of needs and expectations to grown ups. Our team of Dentists and Michael, our experienced Children’s Oral Health Therapist are trained in general paediatric (children’s) dentistry to provide a positive and gentle educational environment for your children to learn about good oral health care.
We provide a complete range of preventive and restorative dental care for all children from babies to adulthood including assessment and referral for orthodontic (brace) treatment and paediatric specialists.
Providing children with a positive, enjoyable dental experience is something we are passionate about. It is extremely distressing to witness a child in pain from tooth decay or infection of the gums – something we sadly see all too often.
Through regular six monthly examinations and cleaning visits, we are able to help children (and parents) to develop healthy dental habits whilst prevent tooth decay and gum disease. We are also able to diagnose potential problems earlier and provide treatment so that children can keep their teeth free of pain and healthy for life.
We appreciate that bringing up a child can be a very time consuming and expensive thing to do! We want to help parents access affordable dental care so that children can have a healthy start to life and begin to develop healthy habits.
It is for this reason that we are able to offer bulk billing for children eligible through the Medicare CBDS scheme and lower priced treatment for this children not eligible.
BULK BILLED DENTAL SERVICES THROUGH THE ‘CHILD DENTAL BENEFIT SCHEME’ (CDBS)
The CDBS was introduced by the Government under Medicare in 2014. The scheme replaced the previous Medicare Teen Dental Plan and was designed for all children aged between 2 – 17 years old. For children who are eligible, CBDS provides up to $1000 over a two year cycle per eligible child. The CDBS covers dental services such as routine examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fillings, extractions and preventive sealants.
The CDBS eligibility is assessed by the Department of Human Services. If you are receiving an Australian government payment, such as Family Tax Benefit Part A or B, or other benefit payments, your children may be eligble for care under the CDBS. You can check for eligibility by calling the Deptartment of Human Services or calling us on 5479 4449. You will need to have your medicare card at hand.
To help keep the cost of children’s dental care affordable, we bulk bill all children eligible for the CDBS. This means there is nothing for you to pay out of pocket under the CDBS. The benefit is capped at $1000. Once the benefit is used up, if there is any outstanding treatment we will provide you with a full cost estimate and the treatment will be provided at the same rate as CDBS schedule of fees set by Medicare. This will help to keep the cost of children’s dental care as low as possible. A full written treatment plan and cost estimate will always be provided.
YOUR OPTIONS IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CDBS
If you are not eligible for the CDBS, you have an option to ‘pay as you go’ for treatment or join our Children’s Dental Plan which was designed to ensure that every child has access to the same high quality affordable care as we would wish for ourselves.
The Children’s Care Plan costs just $5.19 per week or $10.38 per fortnight per child and provides:
Two regular examination visits per year
Two cleaning and polishing visits per year
Free X-rays as required throughout the year
Oral Hygiene and Diet Instruction
Assessment and referrals for braces or other specialists
If you do not wish to join the Children’s Care Plan, you can also pay for treatment as and when it is provided. If you have a health fund, you can use your rebates to further reduce your out of pocket expenses and there is no-gap to pay for a new child patient examination visit. We have set our fees for children’s dental care much lower than those for adults to help parents afford to bring their children to the dental practice. We also offer interest free payment options for when planned, unexpected or emergency treatment is required. A list of common treatment and their fees are below: