Do your kids have free dental dollars?

Quick, use their Medicare dental entitlements before they expire!

We all hate the dreaded trip to the dentist…and paying for it can hurt even more. The good news is, chances are your children have free dental entitlements to cover the cost of caring for their teeth – and you might not even know it! But the bad news is, these dollars expire on 31 December 2016 – so hurry up and book in that trip to the dentist while you’re covered!

So, what are these free dental dollars?

The Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule provides up to $1000 for your child’s dental treatment, including

  • examinations
  • X-rays
  • cleaning
  • fissure sealing
  • fillings
  • root canals
  • extractions

Is your child covered?

 Do you receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or Parenting Payment?

Then chances are your child has $1000 in available dental benefits.

How to use your child’s dental entitlements

  1. Jump on the phone and make an appointment with either a private or public dental provider – and be sure to let them know you or your child are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
  2. At your appointment, the dentist must discuss the proposed treatment and costs with you before providing the services.
  3. Once the dentist has provided the agreed services, they will either bulk bill or charge you for the services. If they charge you, you need to pay the account and claim the benefit through Medicare.

But remember to act fast!

  • The government has announced that this dental scheme will end on 31 December 2016.
  • Any unused benefit your child has available will expire then, so to use it you must have visit the dentist before the end of the year.
  • Read here for more information.