how does the child dental benefits schedule work forster According to a recent study, the dental health of Australian children is nowhere near as healthy as it should be.

The study from the University of Adelaide, discovered that one-quarter of Australian children, ages ten and below, suffer from untreated tooth decay.

The lead researcher, Associate Professor Loc Do, reported “Over 40 per cent of children aged 5 to 10 years had decay in their primary [baby] teeth.

One-quarter of children in that same age group had never received treatment for their tooth decay. On average, Australian children aged 5 to 10 had 1.5 primary teeth with decay”.

In children 9-14, 33% suffered permanent teeth with decay, and one-seventh of the children have never received treatment for decay in their permanent teeth.

Finally, 11% of Australian children have never seen a dentist under any circumstance.

And while Australia tries to support our children with the National Oral Health Plan (designed to ensure that every Australian child sees a dentist), one in nine children have never visited a dentist at all.

At Forster Dental Centre, we care about the oral health of all children, particularly those living in our Forster area.

We’re happy to be able to say that we can work with you and the Commonwealth Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) to ensure your children’s dental health!

Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is a dental benefits program supporting eligible children from 2–17 years of age.

It provides benefits of $1,000, over two years, to eligible children, for essential dental services. It covers more than 3 million children, making them eligible for dental care funded through Medicare.

The program’s key features are:

  • Benefits that focus on essential dental services, including prevention and basic treatment with high end and orthodontic items excluded.
  • Benefit entitlement up to $1,000 per eligible child over two years.
  • Benefits can be used in the private or public system.
  • If benefits are depleted before the two year period concludes, access to another $1,000 occurs at the start of the next cycle.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility is determined at the start of the calendar year and extends from that point. If you become eligible during a calendar year, you receive benefits from the date of Medicare eligibility.

A child is eligible if they are 2–17 years old (during the benefitted year) and they or their family are recipients of any benefit listed below:

Your children are eligible if the child’s parent, guardian, or carer, receives:

Parenting Payment

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • ABSTUDY
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Parenting Payment

A child is eligible if they receive:

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Parenting Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance
  • Carer Payment
  • Financial assistance under the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme (under some circumstances), or
  • Financial assistance under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (under some circumstances).

We know these requirements might seem confusing – just give Forster Dental Centre a call if you need any assistance!

What Services does CDBS Cover?

The CDBS covers a range of essential dental services including examinations; cleaning, scaling and polishing; fissure sealing; fillings for cavities; root canal treatment; extractions, and; treatment in case of emergency.

More extensive dental treatments are not covered by the CDBS. According to the Department of Human Services, “Benefits aren’t available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and can’t be paid for any services provided in a hospital.”

Children’s dentistry at Forster Dental Centre

Children’s dentistry services and more are offered to you and your child at Forster Dental Centre. You can receive a wide variety of treatments and services, and for patients of any age, all under one convenient roof.

Further information on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule is available on the Department of Health Website.

Please call Forster Dental Centre on (02) 6555 5554 for an appointment for your child and take advantage of your benefits under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

At Forster Dental Centre, Dr Oxenbould and our friendly team offer comprehensive paediatric dentistry to the Forster region.

We love teaching children and their parents the importance of proper dental hygiene and working with them to establish a dental care plan that keeps their mouth, teeth and gums healthy and strong as they grow.

Good dental habits when young are one of the strongest determinants of dental health in adulthood and beyond!

More about children’s dentistry at Forster Dental Centre

Your Local Dentist – Forster Dental Centre

At Forster Dental Centre, we provide each patient with the care that allows them to maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile for life!

We offer an extensive range of dental services from preventative dentistry to restorative dental options along with the latest in cosmetic dentistry solutions for straighter and whiter teeth.

We listen to the concerns and needs of our patients and provide you with the personalised attention you and your family deserve.

Forster dentist is also serving local communities in Tuncurry, Pacific Palms, Smiths Lake, Hallidays Point, Failford, Old Bar, Nabiac, Taree, Manning Valley, Bulahdelah, Harrington and Great Lakes.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Bulk Bill for children who are eligible for MEDICARE CHILD DENTAL BENEFIT SCHEDULE -Up to $1000 worth of dental treatments over two years

For more information, contact us on (02) 6555 5554 or book your appointment online here.

We are located at 1st Floor Forster Tower, 12 Wallis St in Forster.