Children’s Dental Benefit Scheme

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides basic dental services to children aged between 2 and 18 years.

Dental services are capped at $1052 over 2 consecutive calendar years.

The 2 year cap period starts when a child or teenager first gets an eligible dental service.

Dental services include:

  • examinations
  • x-rays
  • cleaning
  • fissure sealing
  • fillings
  • root canals
  • extractions, and
  • partial dentures

The CDBS doesn’t cover orthodontic, cosmetic dental work, mouthguards or dental services provided in hospital.

To be eligible for the CDBS, you must:

  • be eligible for Medicare on the day of service
  • get, or be part of a family receiving, certain Australian Government payments.

Eligibility is assessed by Medicare and can change at any time depending on personal circumstances.

For further information contact Medicare.

The Child Dental Benefit Scheme covers part or the full cost of some basic dental services for eligible children if you receive certain payments from Services Australia.  To check your eligibility please contact Medicare. 


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