Here at Ashgrove West Dental, we understand that taking your children to the dentist can often be a stressful event (for both parent and child). Our caring staff aim to make your visit a pleasant experience for all. Our goal is to create a comfortable environment to ensure your child is stress-free and develops a postive life-long relationship with the dentist.
The Australian Dental Association recommends that your child's first dental appointment should be at 12 months of age, or shortly after eruption of their baby teeth - whichever event comes first.
What to expect at your child's first visit to the dentist:
Generally, a full medical history of your child is taken, followed by possible discussions about:
How their teeth come together and their alignment
Risks of decay and preventative measures
Key factors such as environment, hereditary factors, and diet can play a large role on the condition of teeth. Therefore, dental education from a young age is important to ensure your child's teeth remain as healthy as possible.
CHILD DENTAL BENEFIT SCHEDULE
We provide bulk-billing services for our CDBS patients, and can make direct online claims right here at Ashgrove West Dental!
The Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) provides free access to a range of services for children between the ages of 2 and 17 years. These services include examinations, x-rays, and cleaning, as well as preventive fissure sealants, fillings, and even more complex work like root canals and extractions. Eligible patients have access to a benefit of $1000 over a two year period.
The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment. Families can check whether their child is eligible for the CDBS by visiting the Department of Human Services website:
Alternatively, you can give the practice a call on (07) 3366 3559 and our friendly staff can check your child's eligibility over the phone when provided with your child's Medicare details.