When your children are young, it’s important to encourage them to develop a positive attitude toward dental health.

During the school holidays it’s quite easy for you and your kids to fall out of a routine. This might mean sleeping in and forgetting to brush your teeth in the morning, or over-indulging in a little too much unhealthy snack food.

But while school holidays are often unpredictable and full of un-scheduled events, they also provide the perfect opportunity for families and kids to improve their oral health. Here are a few simple steps to help you and your family take care of your smiles through the holiday break.

Make sure your kids remember to brush through the holidays

It’s easy for kids to forget about dental care through the school holidays. After all, waking up and brushing is probably the last thing on their mind. So it’s important to stress the value of dental care during this time. Brushing every morning and evening, and even after consuming any sugary snacks is important.

Encourage a healthy diet over the holiday break

During the school holidays your kids will most likely be active, and active means hungry. Stack your fridge with healthy snack options and encourage a healthy diet whenever possible.

Visit the dentist

Finding the time to attend a dental appointment during the school holidays might not be easy, but it’s actually a great time to get it done. After all, you can avoid the traffic and parking hassles, the after school rush, and pulling your kids out of school.

Visiting as a family will also give your dentist the time to explain healthy dental practice to you and your children, and give them something to practice for the remainder of the school holidays. If done properly, this good routine should carry over into the next term of school.

The child dental benefits schedule

Have you heard about the CDBS? Your child may be eligible for $1000 of basic dental care over a two year period. Eligible children between the ages 2-17 years can receive –

  • X-rays
  • Cleaning
  • Fissure sealants
  • Fillings
  • Root canal therapy
  • Extractions
  • Partial Dentures

Here at Marriott and Hand Dental we are proud providers of the dental benefits schedule, and are happy to “Bulk Bill” Medicare for your child’s treatment carried out under the CDBS.

Who is eligible to claim the CDBS?

To be eligible for the CDBS children must be aged between 2-17 years. Your family must also receive a relevant Australian Government payment at any point in the calendar year.

How long will eligibility last?

Children are eligible to use the funding throughout the whole calendar year providing they are aged between 2 to 17 years for at least 1 day of the calendar year.

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To find out if your child is eligible for the CDBS head over to the Department of Human Services website –

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule

For more information on dental care for your kids, or to make an appointment during the school holidays please get in contact with us today.