Why should I bring my child to the dentist?
Children should visit the dentist for a dental check-up and clean, to check for tooth decay, or detect any dental problems at its early stages and to practice good oral hygiene and maintenance from a young age.
How often should I bring my child to the dentist?
It is recommended that children should visit the dentist for check-ups and cleaning at least every 3 to 6 months, especially when the child’s primary teeth are still developing.
This allows the dentist to monitor the growth of their teeth and evaluate the changes in their teeth and gums.
How can I look after my child’s teeth at home?
It is important to establish a good dental routine with your child from a young age. This will help to develop strong and healthy teeth as your child grows older.
- Have your child follow a healthy diet and try to avoid giving them sugary drinks and treats because this can attack a new tooth and may cause decay.
- Brushing your child’s teeth at least four times a day or after every meal is recommended for good oral hygiene and the health of their teeth.
- Use a toothbrush that is designed for children.
- Brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth and gently brush the tongue to remove all debris.
- Try to floss between teeth daily.
Child Benefit FAQs
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is a dental benefits program for eligible children aged 2-17 years that provides up to $1,000 in benefits to the child for basic dental services. Services that receive a benefit under the program include examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Many of these services have claiming restrictions. Services can be provided in a public or private setting. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot pay for any services provided in a hospital.
A child’s eligibility for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule is assessed by the Department of Human Services. A child is eligible if they are aged between 2-17 years at any point in the calendar year and receive a relevant Australian government payment, such as Family Tax Benefit Part A, or at any one of the following Australian Government payments:
- Youth Allowance
- Disability Support Pension
- Parenting Payment
- Special Benefit
- Carer Payment
- Double Orphan Pension
- Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
- Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme, if the child is 16 or over eligibility is determined each calendar year
The Department of Human Services assesses a child’s eligibility from the start of each calendar year and sends a notification to the child or the child’s carer. This notification may be done electronically, or in the form of a letter, which may be presented by the patient to the practice. Routine checks are performed throughout the year to determine newly eligible children.
Contact Medicare on 132 011. For further information go to the Department of Human Services website.