Your Child's First Visit

 

We recommend that your child’s first oral health visit take place at 12 months of age, or shortly after the eruption of the first baby teeth.

 

Your dentist will evaluate your child’s oral and dental health and diagnose any problems, which may exist. Do not wait until a problem occurs. Preventive dental visits from an early age lay the foundation for a lifetime of good oral and dental health.

 

Let our friendly, professional, caring and experienced team look after your child and ensure that their first and future visits to the dentist are enjoyable for both you and your child.

 

During your child’s visit, the dentist will:

1. Look at the child's face and jaws for signs of mal-alignment

2. Try to look at any teeth that are through to make sure they are healthy

3. Instruct the parent or guardian on fluoride, diet, brushing and general oral health tips

 

Identifying signs of early childhood decay is vital. It starts as white patches on the teeth that don't seem to be able to be cleaned off. They are often close to the gum and they eventually break down further to form holes.

 

See more information on oral hygiene for babies and toddlers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Child Dental Benefits Scheme

 

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) will commence on 1 January 2014 and will provide access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3.4 million children aged 2-17 years. It will replace the existing Medicare Teen Dental Plan (MTDP).

 

The total benefit entitlement will be capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period.

 

The CDBS will have a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.

 

The CDBS will provide individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and

extractions.

 

If you think you or your child may be eligible The Australian Government will send a notification of eligibility to eligible children or their families in

early 2014.

 

As the payment of benefits will be administered through Medicare, using details held by Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, you should ensure that your details are up to date.