The Child Dental Benefits Schedule or CDBS is a program offering financial assistance to parents of eligible children. It provides up to $1000 of benefits over the course of two years for your child`s basic dental treatments. If you do not use the whole amount in your first eligible year, then you can use it in the following year providing you continue to be eligible. You are eligible if your children are 2-17 years and you receive family tax benefits and Medicare. If you would like to make sure about your eligibility, please call our office on (02) 9824 0303(02) 9824 0303.
Treatments included under the CDBS program cover a variety of dental services including checkups, cleaning, fluoride applications, fillings, x-rays, extractions, fissure sealing and root canal treatments. The program excludes any cosmetic or orthodontic work and cannot be used for hospital based dental services.
Through regular check-ups, minor issues can be picked up before they have a chance of developing into something much more detrimental. Therefore establishing a routine of visiting the dentist regularly is one of the most valuable things you can do for the long term health of children.
Regular check-ups are also important because they allow the dentist to become familiar with your child's teeth development, which can be very helpful in spotting possible teeth problems early on. The dentist can determine whether your child's teeth alignment needs correction. An X-ray examination may be necessary to show up problems. Early intervention can be sometimes be extremely advantageous for healthy child development.
Establishing dental habits at home
The oral health of your child has implications for their general health. It is therefore important for your child to establish good dental habits at home. By instilling worthwhile habits such as regularly brushing teeth and flossing, you will be giving your kids a most valuable gift in life. By visiting our clinic, you will receive useful ideas on how to encourage your child to brush and floss teeth effectively. Learning about dental hygiene at the dentist helps. If you have any specific questions, simply ask any one of our staff and we will gladly answer them as best we can.
The dental specialists also work closely with you as a parent in order to give you a preventive program so you have the tools to give good advice to your child goes through the various stages of growth and development.
Treating cavities in children
If your child has developed a cavity, rest assured, we are able to treat children without causing pain or anxiety. In fact they will most probably feel that the whole occasion of having a tooth filled is an enjoyable experience.
The Dr. Terence McNeil dental clinic is a professional service, with a special interest in the treatment of all children including those with different special needs or disabilities. We have access to specialist children's dentists when needed.