The Child Dental Benefit Schedule

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) has replaced the Medicare Teen Dental Plan

As part of our Children’s dentistry services, Marriott & Hand are pleased to offer our valued family patients the CDBS program. For more information on our children’s dentistry solutions click here.

The CDBS program is a dental benefits program for eligible children aged 2-17 years, and like the Medicare Teen Dental Plan it will be administered by the Department of Human Services. The CDBS provides $700 in basic dental services to eligible children over a two year period.

This two year period starts at the beginning of the calendar year, and if at the end of the two years there is any money remaining it cannot be used to fund services outside that period.

Here at Marriott and Hand we are happy to be participants in the CDBS for eligible children. Be sure to let us know you are seeking treatment under this scheme before we see you. Please mention at the time you make an appointment.

Services that are covered by the CDBS include:

  • X-rays
  • Cleaning
  • Fissure sealing
  • Fillings
  • Root canal therapy
  • Extractions
  • Partial dentures

Are there any restrictions on what the benefit cannot be used for?

Benefits cannot be used for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be used for any services provided in a hospital. There are restrictions for the services you are able to claim, however, we at Marriott and Hand are happy to BULK BILL for treatment provided on the day. Provided your limit is not reached, there will be no “Out  Of Pocket” expenses incurred.

The benefit cannot be used in conjunction with a private health insurance claim or for other siblings. You can only claim private health cover or CDBS not both.

Am I eligible to claim the CDBS?

To be eligible for the CDBS your child needs to be between 2-17 years at any point in the calendar year and must receive a relevant Australian government payment, such as Family Tax Benefit Part A, at any point in the calendar year. You will receive a notification in the form of an email or letter from the Department of Human Services if your child is eligible for the funding. For the majority of children this notification will be sent at the beginning of the year however reassessment will occur during the year.

How long does eligibility last?

Your child will remain eligible for the full calendar year they are approved in, no matter whether they turn 18 or are no longer receiving the relevant government payment.

To find out if you are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme check out the Department of Human Services website.

Be sure to speak to your dentist and have a full appreciation of your child’s needs at your initial consultation.