Children’s Dental Care

by | Jun 2, 2021 | Children's Dental

We often get asked, “How do I know my child is ready for their first dental checkup?”

If a child is happy to sit and follow instructions and has no separation anxiety from their parent or carer, they are ready for their first dental experience.

The sooner that you can introduce a child to their time at the dentist, the better. This allows them to become familiar and comfortable in the environment. We keep it light and fun as much as possible so that they look forward to coming for a visit. 

Children are most welcome to bring their favourite toy or blanket, enjoy a show on Netflix and they can also have an older sibling come along or cousin to show them that the dentist can be fun!

We also reward all our little patients with a prize at the end of each consultation.

After-school appointments are available as well as on Saturdays and during school holidays.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a government-funded initiative for 2-18 years old through Medicare. We can check your eligibility for your child at our clinic.

 

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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.

You can call our clinic on 07 3185 1713 to check your child’s eligibility for CDBS.

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If you’re a veteran, and a holder of a Gold Card or White Card with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), you are eligible to receive treatment from any dentist registered to provide services through the Medicare Benefits Scheme. At Withcott Dental, we are registered to provide services through DVA programs.

Gold Card holders will usually have all their dental treatments funded, provided the dentist establishes a clinical need for the treatment, while white card holders receive services in line with their recognised conditions. Depending on the types of treatment you need, the dentist will either be able to perform the work immediately and without approval from the DVA, or will need to seek approval from the department before proceeding.

So for instance, procedures like dental examinations, X-rays and temporary crowns can be done without delay, while some surgical work, dental implants and artificial tooth replacements known as dental prostheses will have to wait till the DVA provides approval.

The good news is that many general dental treatments don’t require approval.

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