Dental Care for Seniors

by | Jun 2, 2021 | General Dental

As we mature, our teeth tend to require more attention and care. Chips and cracks are common due to the wear and tear that occurs when we age. 

For many, a lot of fillings have been present for 30-40 years which can leak or crack over this period. Your dentist can easily identify any tooth crack lines that may be coming and advise early care and treatment.

Please note that there are many medications, (such as blood pressure) that can give a ‘dry-mouth side effect.  This can cause tooth decay often in the root of tooth cavities. We encourage mature and elderly members of our community to book in for regular dental care every 6 months for a general clean and checkups to ensure good oral health. 

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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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