Medicare Children Schedule
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (i.e. CDBS) provides access to benefits for basic dental services to children aged 2-17 years. The CDBS has criteria to be eligible, which requires the receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment. The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two-calendar year period.
Early Diagnosis & Care
First of all it is very important that parents set a good example for their children. Teaching your child that brushing is part of their everyday routine is crucial. You should start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears, so they associate this as an everyday routine. Gentle brushing with a soft bristled baby toothbrush and a pea sized amount of toothpaste is all that is needed.
Using fissure sealants is a very effective and preventive therapy against tooth decay. Pits and fissures on the chewing surface of baby and adult molars are normal imperfections, which fissure sealants fill to protect them from decay. The depth and width of the pits and fissures varies from person to person. Food and germs often become trapped in these areas.
Professional plaque removal and fluoride treatment
Fluoride is very important for teeth as it can be absorbed into bones and tooth enamel, making them stronger and more resistant to fractures and decay. It is a safe mineral compound naturally found in water, the air we breathe and many different kinds of foods.
What you eat and how often you eat it, is just as important for your teeth and gums as it is for your general health. Food and containing starch and sugar react to the bacteria in your mouth and produce acid, which attacks your tooth enamel, causing decay. If left unaddressed this can lead to periodontal disease, which is the main cause of tooth loss in adults.