Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

What Is Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)?

It’s a government-funded setup that offers financial help (capped at $1,052) to eligible kids for basic dental services over two consecutive calendar years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • They should be between 2 and 17 years old.
  • They must be eligible for Medicare.
  • Either they or their family should be getting specific Australian Government payments.

Now, let’s dive into the offer itself. You can cash in on up to $1,052 for each child over two back-to-back calendar years. You’re totally welcome to splurge the entire $1,052 in the first year, but just keep in mind that there won’t be anything left for the second year if you go all out. If you’ve got some money left in the piggy bank after year one, you can use it in year two – but only if your child’s eligibility is still a go. The two-year countdown starts when your child:

  • Hits the eligibility mark
  • Gets their first dental service

Just remember, if you don’t spend the whole amount within those two calendar years, it’s a no-go for leftover funds. You’ll have to wait for a fresh two-year coverage period to kick in. Plus, if your child’s eligibility curtain falls, so does the funding.

Treatments that are covered

  • Dental Check-Up
  • X-ray
  • Cleaning
  • Fissure Sealing
  • Fillings
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Tooth Extractions
  • Partial Dentures

But here’s the deal – no perks for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work, and you can’t cash in those funds for any services served up in a hospital.

Got more questions about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) and whether your child is eligible? Hop over to the Services Australia website or give Medicare a ring at 132 011. Keep those smiles shining! 🌟

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