Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule, often known as the CDBS, was introduced by the Federal Government to assist families in accessing preventive dental care and general dental treatment. The CDBS allows eligible children to access up to $1,026 of general dental treatment at both public and private dental clinics. At most dental clinics, this treatment will be bulk-billed.

Who is eligible?

Children eligible for the CDBS must be aged from 12 months to 17 years and 364 days. The CDBS is administered by Medicare.

Children are considered eligible if:

.they are within the applicable age range for at least some of that year,

.they qualify for Medicare,

.and you receive either Family Tax Benefit Part A, Parenting payment or Double Orphan Pension payments for at least some of that year.

It is important to confirm that your child is eligible for the CDBS before booking their dental appointment.

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Do you experience dry mouth?

Did you know that up to 1 in 4 people experience a dry mouth?

Medication use is one of the most common causes of dry mouth.

Common medications which can cause dry mouth include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Decongestants
  • Antihistamines
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Appetite suppressants
  • Diuretics

If left untreated, a dry mouth can increase the chance of tooth decay.

Signs of dry mouth include:

  • Dryness in the mouth
  • A sticky feeling in the mouth
  • A burning sensation in the mouth
  • Chapped lips
  • Bad breath
  • Waking up at night feeling thirsty
  • Problems speaking
  • Difficulty eating dry foods
  • Problems wearing dentures
  • Mouth Sores

Ways to help reduce the impact of a dry mouth include:

  • Frequently sipping on water
  • Limiting caffeine intake as caffeine can make your mouth drier
  • Chewing on sugar-free gum
  • Use a room humidifier
  • Don’t use mouth rinses containing alcohol
  • Don’t use tobacco or try to reduce your intake
  • Breathe through your nose, not your mouth
  • Use over-the-counter saliva substitutes
  • Try mouthwashes designed for dry mouth such as Biotene for dry mouth.

How to brush your teeth

Daily brushing and cleaning between your teeth is important because it removes plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed, it builds up and can cause tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, or when the bristles get worn or frayed.

The five steps below show you how to brush your teeth correctly.

Brush in the morning and at night before going to bed.
Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on a soft toothbrush.
Brush teeth and along the gum using a gentle circular motion. Start with the outside surfaces.
Repeat on the inside surfaces.
Use a light back and forth motion on the chewing surfaces. Spit out toothpaste, but don’t rinse  with water.
Be sure to brush all surfaces: top and bottom,  left and right, front and back.
Electric toothbrushes also do a good job of cleaning teeth.

Food/Drink To Avoid For Healthy Teeth

Food to avoid for healthy teeth:

  • Sweet biscuits and cakes
  • Lollies and chocolate
  • Ice cream
  • Jam, honey, and sweetened spreads
  • Sweetened cereals and cereal bars
  • Dried fruit and muesli bars

Drinks to avoid for healthy teeth:

  • Soft drinks
  • Energy drinks
  • Cordial and flavoured syrups
  • Sports drinks and flavoured water
  • Packaged liquid breakfasts.
  • Fruity teas
  • Fruit juices with added sugar
  • Flavoured milk

BAD BREATH- Treatment and Prevention

Causes Of Bad Breath

Although there are many factors leading to Bad Breath but poor oral hygiene is the most common of all. Building up bacteria due to unhygienic oral habits actually causes smelly breath. Food particles in the mouth if are not cleaned then they are fed and broken down by bacteria and hence release unpleasant-smelling gas. It can be a symptom of any gum disease.

Food items like onions, garlic, and cheese contribute equally to bad breath as smoking, drinking coffee, and high alcohol consumption. Bad breath should not be ignored or taken casually as this can lead to infection and illness.

Treatment and Prevention

It is well said that “Prevention is better than Cure”. It is always wise to prevent any disease to happen. Bad breath can also be prevented by following a hygienic oral routine and in case one is already suffering then improving oral cleanliness can do be a help to a great extent.

Top 5 ways to get Fresh Breath

1.Brushing teeth twice per day

Fluoride toothpaste should be used for brushing. Teeth brushing should be done correctly and regularly.

2.Brushing or scraping the tongue

A soft rubber scraper for the tongue can help in scraping out food particles and removing bacteria which toothbrush finds hard to do.

3.Flossing between teeth

Only cleaning teeth surface is not enough. Food particles trapped between teeth should be removed and this can be done by flossing. Decaying of trapped food particles leads to bad breath.

4.Quitting smoking and alcohol consumption

Smoking leads to the smell of stale smoke and this causes gum diseases. Gum diseases are another cause of bad breath.

5.Chewing sugar-free gum

When one cannot clean mouth due to situational reasons, chewing sugar-free gum can be a temporary solution to prevent any bad breath. Though it cannot substitute a proper hygienic oral health routine, so teeth should be cleaned thoroughly as well.

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Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!

South Yarra Family Dental Care team would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We will be closing from the 25th of December 2021 and will be reopening on the 4th of January 2022.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing your smile in 2022.

If you have a dental emergency during this time, please call The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne on 03 9341 1000.