Dental fund refreshed for new school year
SOUTH Gippsland parents have been reminded to take advantage of government funded dental check ups for children before the school year begins.
Eligible children aged two to 17 years can receive up to $1000 worth of dental treatments over two years, through the Federal Government’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) delivered by Medicare.
With the CDBS available at Inverloch Family Dental and Rapid Response Dental in Leongatha, practice director Dr Taehee Lee said the scheme had been immensely popular since the first funding round launched in 2014.
“January is always a really opportune time to get your children in for a check up, because even the most organised parents can let things slip once the school year begins,” Dr Lee said.
Patients who became eligible for the two year CDBS in 2014 have had their $1000 fund renewed on January 1, 2016. For those who became eligible in 2015, their fund will be renewed in 2017.
“With a fresh round of funding now available to eligible families, we’re expecting the incredible demand for the service to continue in 2016, so we encourage families to book their oral health check-ups soon,” Dr Lee said.
He said the CDBS covered a range of important dental services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fillings and extractions.
“The response to the program in the past two years has been huge. We’ve had parents from across South Gippsland bring their children in to the clinics,” Dr Lee said.
“Some have been regulars at the clinics and some have introduced their children to dental for the first time. The program is having a really positive effect on our children’s oral health. It’s great to see.”
Increased demand for the service prompted Inverloch Family Dental to upgrade its equipment, purchasing new dental chairs and state of the art decay detecting digital camera.
Having worked closely with children and their parents throughout the scheme’s first two years, Dr Lee said the program’s uptake and patient feedback had been “very uplifting”.
“We’ve just introduced new benefits for our patients, including free digital panoramic x-rays and an orthodontic consultation worth $220 in addition to the standard exam under the CDBS scheme,” he said.
Dr Lee praised the scheme’s role in improving oral health in Australian children.
“It’s really good to see us taking our children’s oral health seriously. Poor oral health in children can lead to many unnecessary health issues and costs down the line, not to mention related issues such as self-confidence and esteem,” he said.
“The Child Dental Benefits Schedule gives parents a great opportunity to seek and obtain the dental treatments their children need.”
Inverloch Family Dental is now taking patients for the program at 2a High Street Inverloch or you can call them on 5674 2691.
Rapid Response Dental in Leongatha is also taking patients for the program at 3 Lyon Street Leongatha, or you can call them on 5662 0940.
For more information on Inverloch Family Dental visit www.inverlochfamilydental.com.au
For more information on Rapid Response Dental visit www.rapidresponsedental.com.au
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