Ideally, children should first visit the dentist after their first birthday, or 6 months after their teeth first erupt- whichever comes first.
This is a great way to form a healthy relationship with your dentist, and to check for issues such as baby bottle tooth decay. This can be done during your regular check-up, and routine check-ups for your child should follow every six months.
Looking after your child’s teeth
It is important to look after your child’s teeth from the moment they start teething. Keeping your child’s teeth and gums clean will protect against infection, cavities and pain. Decayed baby teeth can damage the permanent teeth underneath.
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Information on the Child Dental Benefit Schedule
From January 2014 Medicare has implemented a new dental schedule to replace the old Teen Dental Vouchers. Eligible families, teenagers and approved care organisations will receive a letter to confirm eligibility for this scheme.
A child is eligible if:
- They are aged 2 – 17 years for at least one day of the calendar year
- And they are entitled to Medicare
If a parent or carer is unsure whether their child is eligible please contact our dental practice on (03) 9540 3773 and we can make the appropriate enquiries for you.
A child’s eligibility is assessed regularly through Medicare and may not be eligible for the full duration of the 2 years.
Services that receive benefits include:
- Fluoride treatments
- Fissure sealants
- Root canal treatments
Claiming restrictions apply. The benefit is $1000 per child and may be claimed within 2 years.
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