The Child Dental Benefits Schedule will continue in 2017
At Ek Dental Surgery, we enjoy seeing and treating children at the practice. We understand that their teeth are more delicate and vulnerable than adults, and so we give them the best start to enjoy a healthy smile at an early age. Dental visits also help your child to become familiarised with the surroundings and our dental staff, making them more relaxed during appointments.
During the check-up, the dentist will look at the teeth that have erupted and access the development of the jaw. They will look at the soft tissues, which involve the tongue, cheeks, lips and throat. Any cavities in the teeth will also be checked. As the child gets older, your dentist will evaluate how they bite together to determine if orthodontic treatments are necessary later on.
On 15 December 2016, the Minister for Health announced changes to the benefits cap entitlement commencing 1 January 2017.
Children commencing a new cap period in 2017 will have access to a benefit cap of up to $700 over a two calendar year period. Children who commenced a cap period in 2016 will continue to access the remainder of a benefit cap of up to $1,000 until 31 December 2017, provided the child is eligible for the CDBS in 2017.
The dentist also provides advice on preventive care, which includes:
Diet and nutrition
Correct brushing techniques
Fluoride treatments (if necessary)
Fissure sealants (if the child is high risk of developing cavities)
The Objectives of Children’s Dentistry
The oral health care of children is very much different from those with adults and elderly people. That’s why children’s dentistry was created and there is a demand for dental professionals who concentrate in this area. The main objective is always to prevent oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. A skilled dentist will recognise how to treat the delicate teeth of the child without harming any developing tooth.
Why Children’s Dentistry is Important
Early childhood caries or tooth decay is a prevalent disease in Australia. Tooth decay among children is five times more common than asthma and seven times more widespread than hay fever. Because tooth decay can result in pain and discomfort, a toothache can keep your child distracted from learning in school and enjoying their other activities. Thus, we recommend as early as 1 year old, children should have their first dental appointment.
A dental visit also helps the parents maintain their child’s healthy teeth and gums. Given that children are often uncomfortable visiting a dental clinic, it’s important that their first dental encounter is a positive and pleasant experience. You can do this by bringing your children with you to your appointments. In this way, they will develop a healthy attitude towards visiting the dentist and a good perception about dentistry.
Children’s Dentistry in Glen Waverley
At Ek Dental Surgery, we make your child’s dental visits fun and exciting. Our friendly dental staff and doctors will cater to the needs of your child and improve their overall dental wellbeing through recommending the necessary treatments and at-home dental care tips. Having healthy and strong teeth at a young age is an excellent foundation for beautiful smiles that can last a lifetime; thus it’s important to schedule your child’s first dental visit as soon as their first tooth erupts.
Bulk bill for Commonwealth Child Dental Benefit Scheme for up to $1,000.
We are pleased to offer you an enticing discount on some of our wonderful treatments and services. To find out more visit our special offers page or contact Ek Dental Surgery now at (03) 9887 8787 or make an appointment online.