Frequently asked questions
What does a dental check-up include?
Am I eligible for CDBS and how do I claim?
The Department of Human Services assess a child’s eligibility from the start of each calendar year.
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.
What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)?
The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
Eligible children will have access to a benefit cap of $1,000 over a two calendar year period.
To be eligible a child must be aged between 2-17 years and their family must receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.
Families can check whether their child is eligible for the CDBS by contacting the Department of Human Services. General information about the program can also be found on the Department of Human Services website.
Why is my child not eligible for the CDBS?
The eligibility for the Free Dental Service is administered by the Department of Human Services – Medicare.
Medicare advise Teeth N Smiles who is eligible, we do not make the determination.
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
Can your service be claimed if we have private health insurance but my child is not eligible for CDBS?
Yes, depending on your level of cover most private health insurers, provide two free check-ups and cleans per family member each year.
How qualified are your staff?
Staff at Teeth N Smiles are all highly qualified, experienced individuals who are registered with Australian Health.
How do we store and use information collected on the website?
We comply with the Australian Privacy Principles which are available for viewing on the Australian Government AIC website.
Are you insured?
Teeth N Smiles maintains relevant public liability, professional indemnity and workers compensation requirements. Copies are available on request.