Dental providers that hold general or specialist registration with the Dental Board of Australia can provide services under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). The services may only be billed by a dentist or dental specialist (either a private provider or a representative public dentist) with a current Medicare provider number.
Services or part of a service may also be provided on behalf of a dentist or dental specialist by another dental practitioner. These services may be provided by dental hygienists, dental therapists, oral health therapists and dental prosthetists.
The CDBS provides eligible children with up to $1,000 in benefits for basic dental services, capped over two consecutive calendar years. A child is eligible for the CDBS if he or she is aged between 2 to 17 years for at least one day in the calendar year, is eligible for Medicare and receives, or is part of a family receiving, a relevant Australian government payment such as Family Tax Benefit Part A.
Services that receive a benefit under the CDBS include examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals, extractions, and partial dentures. Many of these services have claiming restrictions.
Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
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