CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY ST KILDA, MELBOURNE
Here at Grey Street Dentist in St Kilda, we love to see kids! But at times we know it can be a bit daunting having a strange person with a mask and glasses looking into your mouth! So we strive ourselves on maintaining a calm, fun and friendly environment so your child has the best experience possible.
We recommend that children start to see a dentist from the age of three or four. It’s important to teach children that going to the dentist isn’t like going to the doctor when you’re sick. We go to the dentist regularly to make sure our teeth are nice and healthy. Leaving it until there’s pain can be a traumatic first experience for a child and something that can cause long term fear issues in the future.At the first visit, it’s more about building a relationship and gaining trust. We’ll have a play with some of the tools and have some fun. Depending on how this goes, we will try and have a little look into their mouth. We don’t want to force them though, so just baby steps to start with.
It’s a good idea to talk to your child beforehand about coming to meet the dentist but statements like “there’s nothing to be scared of” and “it won’t hurt” we strongly advise you to avoid. This only creates unnecessary fear. You’ll be surprised at how well most children go.
Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) – Bulk Billing Children’s Dentist
Around 3.4 million children have access to free general dental care thanks to the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS); a $2.7 billion measure introduced by the previous Labor Government and being honoured by the Liberal Government to combat the nation’s declining oral health in children.The means-tested benefit came into effect throughout Australia on 1 January 2014, replacing the Medicare Teen Dental Plan (MTDP). Under the schedule, 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.At Grey Street Dentist, we believe it is vital for children to start looking after their oral hygiene as soon as possible to maintain good health in general. As part of our ongoing support to the community, we are happy to take part in the new scheme and help maintain the general oral health of the public. We bulk bill all treatments provided as part of our scheme to help the eligible families. If you have any questions, regarding how this scheme works, please give us a call on (03) 9534 4017.