Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) at Uplus Dental, Strathfield Sydney
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides basic dental services to children. Benefits for basic dental services are capped at $1000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years. The two year cap period starts when a child or teenager first receives an eligible dental service. If you don’t use all of the $1000 benefit in the first year of eligibility, it can be used in the second year if the child remains eligible. Any remaining benefit can’t be accessed after the end of the second year.
How Do I Claim Benefits?
At Uplus Dental, we can claim for services online for you so no hassle of sending in a form to the Medicare claims department. Another option is to access your Medicare account, either online at my.gov.au or you can call the Medicare General Enquiries line on 132 011. Then you can contact Uplus Dental and let us know if your child qualifies for CDBS. We can then schedule an appointment for your child to discuss suitable treatment options for them, based on their oral health. We will also discuss any associated costs of these services, and you will need to sign a consent form before we provide any treatment. All eligible treatments provided under CDBS is bulk-billed so you will not be out of pocket. Please note you cannot claim a benefit under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule and from a private health insurer for the same dental service. Feel free to call us at Uplus Dental (02 8068 4080) and our dentists or our front office staff will happily explain the details of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule to you.
be aged 2 to 17 years for at least 1 day of the calendar year;
be eligible for Medicare on the day of service; and
get, or be part of a family receiving certain Australian Government payments, such as Family Tax Benefit Part A at any point in the calendar year.
A notification of eligibility will be sent to the child or the child’s parent/guardian either electronically, or by post. This letter may be presented by the patient to the practice at the time of their appointment.
Routine checks are performed throughout the year to determine newly eligible children. Most children will be notified of their eligibility at the beginning of the year.
Eligibility is assessed at the beginning of each calendar year and it’s valid for the entire year. Children who become eligible later in the calendar year will have their eligibility backdated to begin from 1 January of that calendar year.
How long does eligibility last?
Once a child has been assessed as eligible, they are eligible for that entire calendar year – even if they turn 18, or stop receiving the relevant government payment. However they must be eligible for Medicare on the day the service is provided.
Why is visiting the dentist so important?
Bi-annual dental assessments play a vital role in preventative care. A simple “check up” provides our dentists with an invaluable opportunity to carefully examine your child’s mouth, teeth and gums; looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, loose or broken teeth, damaged fillings and more. Detecting problems in their early stages can prevent them from escalating into more serious complications in future that may be irreparable or require complex treatment to restore oral hygiene. This is often time-consuming, costly and could have been avoided with frequent dental assessments if the existing problem was identified and treated early.
Dental assessments also combine preventative education and professional cleans to ensure hard to reach plaque is removed. Your child’s dentist is happy to demonstrate correct at-home brushing and flossing techniques to help your child maximise great dental habits for maintaining life long teeth.
Would you like to know more about CDBS or want to book an appointment with our Dentists?
The moment you step into our dentist you will immediately recognise that this is not your ordinary dental practice. Every detail has been designed for your ultimate comfort. Settle in and relax! You’ve put yourself in good hands.