Child Dental Care in Ashfield Dental Centre

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and provides access to children aged between two and 17 years who are part of a family in receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Government payment are entitled to a wide range of basic dental services. The total amount of financial support is capped to $1000 per child over a two consecutive year period.

Ashfield children's dentist girl biting into apple

Is my child eligible?

Children part of a family in receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or children/families receiving a relevant Australian government payment can benefit. Your child must be aged between two and 17 years, and hold a valid Medicare card. Eligibility will be determined every calendar year in accordance with government criteria. More information is available on Department of Human Services website.

What dental services are covered?

Some of the approved treatments covered by the Medicare-funded CDBS include:

  • dental assessments
  • cleaning and scaling
  • digital X-rays
  • fillings
  • fissure sealings
  • extractions.

These services can be provided in public or private settings and may have claiming restrictions. Benefits will not be paid for high-end dental services such as cosmetic and orthodontic treatments or any dental services provided in a hospital.

What do I need to do to benefit from the schedule?

Earlier this year, Medicare sent confirmation letters to eligible families, teenagers and approved care organisations. If you have been contacted, simply call us on (02) 9798 4111 and quote your Medicare number, address and child’s full name and DOB.

Will I have to pay any expenses?

You won’t have to pay any out-of-pocket or “gap” expenses for your child’s dental care; provided that the treatment is general and does not exceed the $1000 cap. If your child’s required treatment is expected to exceed the cap within a two year period, you will be notified during the initial dental assessment. No dental services will be performed without your prior consent. If your child’s personalised plan changes at any stage, you will be notified to discuss options and the dentist will proceed in accordance with your wishes.