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26 FEBRUARY 2018

Get your kids to the dentist – it could be FREE*!

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare#, 42% of all children aged 5–10 years, have experienced tooth decay in their baby teeth. It is therefore so important to establish good oral hygiene routines with children. It can set them up for life, and avoid pain and fear of the dentist into the future.

A common misconception about high dental costs can mean some people avoid taking their children to the dentist. To release some of the pressure on families and to shine a light on the importance of dental care for young people, the Federal Government has continued its dental scheme for kids in 2018. The scheme “Child Dental Benefits Schedule” (CDBS), which commenced in 2014, provides a $1000 benefit to use on selected dental services over a 2 calendar year period. This benefit, if your kids are eligible, covers services like examinations, x-rays, dental cleans, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.

Many people still don’t know about the CDBS and what it can mean for their family. Make sure you don’t miss out on $1000 in free* dental care for your kids!

What is the eligibility criteria?
To be eligible for CDBS a child must be aged between 2-17 years and their family must receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment. Your child must also be eligible for Medicare.

It is simple to check whether your child is eligible – you can:

  • Check your myGov online account, in the Medicare section – it will advise whether your children are eligible.
  • Call Medicare on 132011.
  • Call your local Pacific Smiles Dental clinic with your Medicare card number and we can enquire on your behalf.
  • Enter your details into our online form and we can call you back to discuss eligibility.

Give your kids the best start with free* dental care from Pacific Smiles Dental and the Australian Federal Government!


*Free when services covered by the Commonwealth Government’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule are bulk billed by participating Practitioners for treatments provided to eligible patients.