Safeguarding your child’s beautiful smile for the future
It’s important for all children to visit the dentist as their jaws and mouth are growing and many problems can be mitigated with the right dental care.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
The CDBS takes financial stress off children’s dentistry and helps parents keep on top of their child’s oral health.
Any children aged 2-17 are eligible to have $1,000 rebate over a two year calendar period on certain dental treatments covered under the CDBS.
The treatments covered include:
- Check-ups & Cleans
- Fissure Sealants
- Root Canals
Eligibility for the CDBS
Children who are eligible to be covered under the Government Scheme include:
- Aged between 2-17
- Eligible for Medicare
- Family receives Family Tax Benefit Part A or another relevant Australian Government payment
You can claim the CDBS directly from the dentist when you pay.
When and why should your child visit the dentist?
You should bring your child for dental check-ups from the age of two or within six months of the first tooth erupting. Children need dental visits every six months just like adults, since childhood is a time when the body is growing and things can go wrong.
The dentist will be able to monitor your child’s jaw growth and make sure all teeth are erupting correctly. Any issues will be detected early on and taken care of before they worsen.
Why are dental appointments for children important?
There are many important factors to why children should visit the dentist, including the following:
- Detect any baby tooth decay
- Provide treatments such as fluoride for protection
- Detect small problems before they become big problems
- Detection of orthopedic problems early on
- Children become more comfortable with visiting the dentist if they visit from early ages
- Parents get an understanding of their child’s oral health
Detecting, preventing and treating oral health issues early on may help your child avoid complex dental and orthodontic procedures in the future.
How to protect your child’s oral health at home?
It’s important to not only bring your child to the dentist to make sure they keep a healthy smile, but to also focus on keeping their mouth clean at home.
While your child is growing and young, you will need to brush their teeth for them. Parents should brush their child’s teeth every day up until age seven or eight. However, even at these ages, you should supervise your child to make sure they clean their teeth properly.
Important tips to help keep your child’s mouth healthy:
- Healthy balanced diet – maintain a nutritious diet full of vitamins and minerals with fruit and vegetables.
- Six monthly dental appointments – visiting the dentist regularly is important to catch onto issues early.
- Avoid processed foods and excess sugars – these products are the worst for promoting tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.
- Choose water – your child should be drinking plenty of water which is important for flushing out harmful bacteria and acids from their mouth. They can still enjoy other options, but you should make them used to washing their mouth out after juices and other options.
- Teach your child about oral health – teaching your child about the risks of not keeping a healthy mouth by eating healthy, brushing and flossing daily is incredibly important.
- Take a look at your child’s mouth regularly – make sure to examine your child’s mouth for any signs of health issues, decay or signs something is wrong.
Get in touch with Pialba Dental for Children’s dentistry
Contact our team to book your child in for an appointment at Pialba Dental by clicking here or calling on (07) 4128 2185.