Getting the kids to even brush their teeth can be a difficult task for any parent, while taking them to the Dentist can be downright painful.
Fortunately the Federal Government has now made the regular Dental visit a little less painful by providing eligible children aged 2-17 with a $1000 voucher that can be spent over a 2 year period on eligible basic Dental care.
This includes examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals, extractions and partial dentures.
Dr Xiao Jin from Blacktown Dental Group feels that this is an excellent opportunity to start bringing your little ones in to familiarise themselves with the dental experience.
“Often we don’t see young patients until they have a hole or a tooth ache. Being able to take advantage of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule means that we can start seeing kids for regular check-ups and cleaning and potentially prevent a major issue by catching problems like decay in the early stages.
It also assists with being able to watch growth patterns and apply some early intervention from an Orthodontic perspective which in some cases can also help avoid more complex treatment down the track.”
Patients wishing to participate in the Child Dental Benefits Schedule will be Bulk Billed which means there will be no gap payable. We only need to make sure there are adequate available funds for the treatment that will be completed.
Children should have a professional oral health check by the time they turn two and there are a number of things parents and carers can do to help make the process as simple as possible.
Tips for positive dental visits
- Take your child with you when you visit a dental clinic so that they can see what happens.
- Talk about dental visits being part of regular routines that help to keep people healthy.
- Make appointments early in the day so your child is not tired.
- Arrive a little before the appointment time to let your child become familiar with the new surroundings.
- During the dental visit, let the oral health professional have your child’s full attention.
- It is not necessary to bribe children to see an oral health professional. Be positive about dental visits and highlight the new, interesting and fun aspects of visiting the dental clinic.
Frequency of check-ups for children
Everyone has different oral health needs and risk levels which determine how often they should have a check-up.
Talk with your oral health professional about how often your child needs a check-up.