Healthy smiles for the new school year

This year, the Australian Government is helping children sink their teeth into the new school year.


Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen today reminded parents that they can access up to $1,000 towards their children’s dental work over two years under a government programme.


“The Child Dental Benefits Schedule can pay for the basic dental services your child needs to keep smiling brightly,” Mr Jongen said.


“If your child is between 2 and 17 years old, eligible for Medicare and is part of a family that receives Family Tax Benefit A (or the child receives an Australian Government payment), you would have received a letter recently confirming that your child is eligible for the programme.


“If you have not received a letter, you can easily confirm your eligibility by visiting and signing into Medicare Online Services.”


The Child Dental Benefits Schedule covers a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions.


Mr Jongen said using the programme to pay for basic dental services is as easy as talking to your child’s dentist.


“When you book your child in to see the dentist, make sure to let them know you are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule,” Mr Jongen said.


“The dentist must discuss your child’s treatment and any associated costs with you before providing any services.”


For more information about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, visit childdental.


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