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36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
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Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
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Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Get directions

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

info@rivercitydental.com.au
Email us

(07) 3667 9595
Call us

Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Get directions

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

Accessing the Child Dental Benefit Schedule CDBS at your Indooroopilly Dentist

Accessing the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) at your Indooroopilly Dentist

 

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is a Federal Government initiative supporting parents to help their children access affordable dental care. It was established in 2014.

The initiative covers the partial or full cost of certain dental services to eligible individuals. As of 2022, the government is covering up to $1026 over two calendar years. This amount will change and should be monitored on the Services Australia website.

This two-year period starts at the beginning of the calendar year in which your child becomes eligible and gets their first dental service.

Funds are not carried over into future years outside of this two-year period, and parents will have to wait for a new two-year period to start to access new funds under the scheme should they exhaust their allowed cap.

If eligibility ceases during the two-year period, then funding will no longer be available within that period.

A range of dental services are included within this scheme. Please scroll down for more information on eligible services.

To be eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, your child must be:

  • 0 to 17 years of age (that is, 17 for at least one day of the present calendar year)
  • Eligible for Medicare
  • Be receiving a payment from Services Australia at least once annually, or have a parent who is receiving a payment that regularly.

No application is necessary to access the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) at your Indooroopilly dentist. You can enquire about eligibility, but the parents of eligible children should receive a letter or other communications from Services Australia to say they are eligible. To be a part of this initiative, it is necessary to be the child’s parent or guardian, or their approved care organisation.

You may also be eligible if you are 17 or younger, and have a partner who receives an eligible payment from Services Australia.

What payments do I need to be receiving from Services Australia to be eligible?

There are a number of payments you may be receiving from Services Australia which will mean you are eligible for your child to participate in the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. These payments include:

  • Family Tax Benefit
  • Parenting Payment
  • Double orphan pension
  • ABSTUDY
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability support pension
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs education allowances

What dental services can my child access under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?

For precise information on what is covered at your dentist Toowong, dentist Chelmer, dentist Pullenvale, or dentist Taringa, it is advised that you have a discussion with them beforehand to ensure you are clear on what will be covered, and that there are not any restrictions.

The following services may be covered under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. In this section, we will detail why they are important and the uses of these services in protecting your child’s oral health:

  • check-ups
  • X-rays
  • cleaning
  • fissure sealing
  • fillings
  • root canals
  • extractions.

Check-ups: Most dentists Indooroopilly advise that you bring your child in for their first dental appointment when they are between 12 and 24 months of age, or soon after their first baby teeth start coming through. From that point on, it is generally advised to maintain a schedule of an appointment every six months.

A regular check up allows your dentist Chelmer, dentist Toowong, or dentist Taringa to observe how your child’s oral health is progressing, and whether there are any emerging issues that need addressing. It also enables your dentist to provide valuable and tailored advice to parents and children alike about habits at home for maintaining healthy teeth.

Another benefit of undertaking a regular dentist check-up for your child is that it will help to establish a healthy attitude towards the dentist and their own oral health. It can reduce the risk of dental anxiety developing, whereby children are anxious about visiting the dentist. It can also help children to take responsibility of their oral health later in life as it impresses upon them the importance of looking after their teeth.

X-rays: Your child may occasionally need an X-ray at their dentist Fig Tree Pocket. This can help your dentist to detect things that are not observable from a surface inspection alone. This can include how the teeth are growing below the gums, the spread of decay within a tooth, cavities between teeth, behaviour of erupting teeth, examination for bone disease, assessment of the impact of injury, and a range of other possible reasons.

Cleaning: Children’s teeth are softer and more vulnerable to decay than adult teeth. This is compounded by a diet that tends more towards sweet foods, less of an ability to take care of oral health, and less awareness about behaviours that protect the teeth. Regular cleaning can help to eliminate plaque that builds up on the teeth and along the gum line. This can help to prevent decay and cavities, which are associated with pain for your child. This can also help to keep the teeth white in colour which may assist your child’s confidence. It can also help to reduce gum disease.

Fissure sealing: The molars at the back of the mouth are more prone to decay because they can be harder to clean well, less brushed as part of our oral hygiene routine, and they have more grooves and pockets in which plaque can be hard to reach. A fissure sealant is a material (usually composite resin) which is applied to areas which are prone to decay, which are known as fissures or grooves. It is a painless and fast procedure, which may be recommended by the dentist Toowong if your child has large pits or grooves. Typically, this may be recommended when the first or second and third molars begin to emerge, so may be discussed in the age range of 5 to 14 years old, most often.

Fillings. When decay is allowed to advance too far, it can result in a cavity in the tooth. This can cause your child pain, because it enables the nerves that are closer to the centre of the tooth (in the dentin and dental pulp) to be aggravated and irritated by heat, cold, touch and other influences. A filling helps to prevent the spread of decay, and reduce the risk of infected dental pulp. Typically, your child will receive local anaesthetic and then remove the decay before sealing the area with a composite resin filling.

Root canal procedure. When the inside of the tooth is damaged, a root canal procedure may be necessary. This involves removing the dental pulp, which is the soft and sensitive centre part of the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and similar. Subsequently, the vacated area is filled with an inert dental material by your Indooroopilly dentist, dentist near me or dentist Taringa. A root canal procedure can allow a tooth that was infected or damaged to remain as the natural tooth, whereas otherwise it might have been removed. Saving the tooth is often the preference as it is most straightforward for biting, chewing and recovery.

Tooth extraction. It may occasionally be necessary for your Taringa dentist to remove a child’s tooth. This is usually only as a last resort, utilised when repair, fillings or root canal procedures will not be able to effectively restore the natural tooth. Extraction may be necessary if there is an infection or abscess within the tooth, or if a cavity is so far advanced that there is not enough natural tooth to support a filling or crown. In some cases, overcrowding of teeth may be considered a cause for extraction. Your dentist Indooroopilly will consider whether it is a baby tooth or an adult tooth that will be extracted. There may be less need to ensure a baby tooth can stay in place (compared to an adult tooth), however this is still preferrable where possible due to the role of baby teeth in guiding adult teeth.

What is not covered under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?

While many general dental services at your Indooroopilly dentist are covered under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, others are not and must be paid for without the support of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. These excluded services may or may not be covered by your private health insurance extras; consult your policy for accurate information on this. Excluded services from the Child Dental Benefits Schedule include:

  • Orthodontic dental work, such as braces
  • Cosmetic dental work, which is only in specific circumstances recommended for younger children, but may include dental crowns and dental veneers
  • Any dental services in a hospital.

Why you should make the most of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule encourages parents to take their child to the dentist, and parents are well placed to take full advantage of the program.

The program was established in 2014, and is built on recognition of the fact that poor oral health at a young age can determine oral health into adult life and throughout the lifetime, and the fact that lower income households tend to experience poorer oral health more regularly.

The program aspires to make dental service, quick diagnosis, and early treatment accessible, to improve oral health and social equality. It is not only an investment in children, but an investment in the adults of the future.

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule allows you to protect your child’s oral health, while minimising the impact on your savings and available spending money. The program offers an amount of coverage every two years, which as of 2022 is $1026 (this is subject to change). If this amount is not utilised, it will eventually expire – to be replaced by a new amount for the next two years (if eligible).

Therefore, it makes sense to monitor how much your child has available under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, and to maximise the amount of dental care they receive at their dentist Indooroopilly.

Where and how can I access the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?

Child dental benefits are accessible at most dentists. To use the dental benefits schedule, let the dentist know that you would like to utilise the Child Dental Benefits Schedule during the process of booking. Prior to attending, you may wish to check how much of a benefit you have remaining during the current period. This can be done in your online Medicare account or by calling Medicare. Your Indooroopilly dentist may also be able to check remaining funds during the appointment.

You may wish to check in with your Pullenvale dentist, Toowong dentist, emergency dentist, Fig Tree Pocket dentist or other dentist near me about the cost of the services that will be provided; and to double check about whether these services are eligible to be covered by your Indooroopilly dentist. Your dentist may then provide a form that outlines costs and allows you to provide consent to the services.

In terms of payment, you will typically have to pay on the day, and then claim the benefit back from Medicare. Medicare will then pay the benefits back into your account. Discuss with dental reception staff about this process if unsure, or visit the Medicare site for more information on claiming. To claim you can use the Express Plus Medicare app on your phone, your online account on MyGov, or a paper-based form.

In some instances, at a bulk billing dentist like River City Dental, you will not need to pay at all; the dentist will instead make the claim on their end. All you need to do is bring your medicare card with you to the appointment. In either case, you will receive the Child Dental Benefits Schedule and not have to pay for eligible dental services yourself, unless they exceed available funds.

Arrange a children’s dentistry appointment today

For up-to-date information on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, please visit the Services Australia website.

If you would like to utilise the Child Dental Benefits Schedule so your child can access fully or partially covered dental costs for general dental services, contact River City Dental on info@rivercitydental.com.au or call our team on (07) 3667 9595.

Our family friendly dentist regularly assists clients to access affordable dental services as part of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.