Care for your little ones
We LOVE seeing Kids.
Dental care should start early to ensure healthy teeth for life. We keep it simple when little people visit our clinic. We start by counting teeth and taking photos. All kids love to show us how great they are at counting and when they get to see photos of them inside their mouths, they think it’s kind of cool. Every child every day is different we take it at their pace and focus on what they do achieve when they are in to see us.
When little people need more care than we can give them we refer them to a pediatric dentist these are people who are specialists in care for children with challenging mouths, habits, behaviors, or who need to go to sleep to have dental work completed. They are simply brilliant with Kids.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule
As a parent, making sure your child is as healthy as possible is understandably one of your highest priorities.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) has been introduced by the federal government to make that task a little easier if you receive benefits such as Family Tax Benefit A payments. The CDBS helps you keep your kids’ teeth in great shape by providing you with up to $1000 that you can use over a two-calendar year period on a range of dental services including examinations, routine cleaning, fillings, and root canals.
What the CDBS doesn’t cover, however, are orthodontic (the straightening of crooked teeth), cosmetic dental procedures (the restoration or replacement of damaged or missing teeth), or any work that might need to be done in a hospital. If you aren’t sure what’s covered, just ask Dr. Walsh or Dr. Carroll.
Your child’s eligibility
Your child is deemed eligible for the CDBS by Medicare, who administers the program, if:
- they’re within the applicable age range for at least some of that year
- they qualify for Medicare;
- and you receive either Family Tax Benefit Part A, Parenting payment or Double Orphan Pension payments for at least some of that year.
Your child can still access CDBS services throughout a particular calendar year regardless even if your circumstances change. Even so, it’s still worth confirming with Medicare that your child still qualifies for CDBS before phoning your dentist to book an appointment.
Keep in mind that not all dentists perform services under the CDBS; it’s best to check with your dentist if they do prior to booking in for treatment.
Using your $1000 allocation
To ensure that you’re aware of the costs upfront, Dr. Walsh or Dr. Carroll will explain all probable expenses and get your consent in writing before treatment begins. If there’s any additional work needed following the initial examination, the costs will again be outlined and your consent obtained. This means you can then decide how quickly or slowly you use your $1000 allocation; you can use it all at once if you need to, or spread the spending out over the two calendar years.
If you’re not sure how much of your allocation you have left to use, the front team at The Dentist at 70 Pitt st can look that up for you, and let you know if you’ll be up for any out-of-pocket expenses.
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