Free dental for bright futures

Connect Health & Community is committed to promoting good dental health in our community and is proud to offer free or discounted children’s dental through the Government-funded Child Dental Benefits Scheme.

Free dental services can set children up for a lifetime of overall good health.

The scheme covers part or the full cost of most full dental treatments for children.  It is designed to ensure accessible dental services and create good oral health habits that will last a lifetime.

Connect Health & Community CEO, Amanda Murphy, said the program reinforces the importance of establishing healthy habits early in life.

“It’s never too early to establish good oral hygiene habits for our children, and behaviours learnt young tend to stick with them through life,” she said.

“This program makes quality dental health care accessible to everyone in our community, regardless of circumstance – giving our children a good foundation for not only healthy teeth, but overall good health,” she said.

Ms Murphy said the Child Dental Benefits Scheme is available to all children under 13 years and youth aged 13-17 who are eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule or have a health care or pension card.

There is no waiting list to receive dental care for children under 18 years.

Child Dental Benefits Scheme at a glance:

Who is eligible?

  • Any child under the age of 13
  • Youth aged 13-18 years that are eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule, or have a Health Care or Pension Card.

Is there a waiting list?

  • No, there is no waiting list for children under the age of 18.

What is covered?

We cover up to $1,013 over 2 calendar years for basic dental services under CDBS. The services we cover include:

  • Check-ups
  • X-rays
  • Cleaning
  • Fillings
  • Root canals
  • Extractions

How much will it cost?

Children (under 13 years):

  • Free with Health Care or Pension card or Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
  • $34.5 if none of the above apply.

Youth (13 – 17 years)

  • Free with Health Care or Pension card or Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

For more information visit https://connecthealth.org.au/dental-services/ or call 03) 9575 5333.

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