The Child Dental Benefits Scheme

Kids Brushing TeethSmile In Style is pleased to be supporting the Federal Government’s Child Dental Benefits Scheme. The scheme is part of the National Dental Health Reform, which is designed to address increasing dental decay and poor oral health in children between the ages of 2 to 17 years.

The Child Dental Benefit Scheme will provide a capped benefit entitlement in the amount of $1000 for each child over a two year calendar period. Basic dental services are provided for children aged 2-18 in families who meet a means test. Criteria include the requirements for receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or other certain government payments.

The Department of Human Services will assess a child’s eligibility from the start of each calendar year depending on the family’s recent tax return. Routine checks are performed throughout the year to determine newly eligible children. Most children will be informed of eligibility at the beginning of the year but if you are unsure, you can always give us a call and we would be happy to check your child’s eligibility with Medicare.

Once a child has been assessed as eligible, they are then eligible for that entire calendar year – even if they are turning 18, or stop receiving the relevant government payment.

The basic dental service includes essential dental treatment such as x-rays, check-ups, restorations, fissure sealants and extractions. Orthodontics and cosmetic treatments are not included in this scheme.

Don’t miss out if your child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme. We bulk bill payments to Medicare under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme, so there is no out of pocket cost to you.

If you’d like to make an appointment for your child please phone 03 8400 4104 for our Moonee Ponds practice or 03 8001 6021 for our Sunbury practice or alternatively you can now book online on www.smileinstyle.com.au

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Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol

  • Chlorella drink prior is given prior to treatment and a mouth rinse post-treatment. Chlorella can help bind and prevent mercury absorption.
  • Physical protective barriers - Masks, protective coverings, eyewear, in-mouth non-latex dental dams, and other steps are taken to prevent physical contact with mercury for the patient and staff.
  • Oral evacuation - Generous amounts of water are used to continuously rinse particulate matter from the mouth while suctioning it away. Combined with protective dental dams, this prevents patients from swallowing dental amalgam particles during treatment. Additionally, the rinsing helps lower the temperature of the filling, reducing the amount of mercury vapour released.
  • External air - A continuous supply of non-contaminated air or oxygen is delivered via a mask or similar apparatus, preventing inhalation of mercury vapour or particles.
  • "Chunk it out" method - Rather than using a drill to grind the filling down, it is carefully removed in the largest possible pieces, minimising friction, vaporisation.
  • High Volume Evacuation Suction is used by the dental assistant to remove amalgam particles in the mouth.
  • High Volume Air suction and Air Purifiers are used in the clinical room that is able to remove mercury vapour from the room.
  • Amalgam separator use - This device collects mercury-contaminated waste before it can enter the sewage system, allowing us to dispose of it safely.