The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is an Australian Government initiative that provides essential dental treatments and preventive care for eligible children aged 2-17 years. As Beecroft Smiles, we are excited to embrace this valuable program and help our young patients access the benefits it offers.

CDBS Eligibility Age and Criteria

To be eligible for the CDBS, a child must meet the following criteria:

  • Be eligible for Medicare [1][2][3]
  • Be aged 2-17 years at any point during the calendar year [1][2][3][4]
  • Receive a relevant Australian Government payment, such as Family Tax Benefit Part A, at any point during the calendar year [1][2][3][4]

The eligibility for the child dental benefits schedule is assessed by Services Australia at the start of each calendar year, and newly eligible children are routinely checked throughout the year. Eligible children will receive a notification of their eligibility, either by post or electronically through MyGov, which can be presented to the dental practice during their appointment. [1][2][3]

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Child Dental Benefits Schedule Benefit Cap and Utilisation

The CDBS provides a benefit cap of $1,095 per eligible child over two consecutive calendar years. [1][2][4][5] This means that the child can use the full $1,095 in the first year, if needed, or spread it out over the two-year period. [1][4]

If the entire benefit cap is not used in the first year, the remaining balance can be carried over to the following year, as long as the child remains eligible. [1][4] However, any unused balance after the second year will not be carried forward or refunded. [4]

Child Dental Benefits Schedule Covered Services

The CDBS covers a range of basic dental services, including:

  • Routine check-ups and cleanings
  • X-rays
  • Fillings
  • Fissure sealing
  • Root canal therapy
  • Extractions [1][4]

It’s important to note that the CDBS does not cover more complex or cosmetic dental work, such as orthodontic treatment or dental services provided in a hospital setting. [1][4]

Accessing the Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Beecroft Smiles is committed to helping our young patients access the benefits of the CDBS. We can assist in the following ways:

  1. Eligibility Checking: Our staff can check a child’s eligibility and remaining benefit balance by contacting Medicare through the Health Professional Online Services or by calling the dedicated CDBS helpline. [1][3][4]
  2. Bulk Billing: We offer bulk billing for CDBS-eligible services, meaning that the patient will not have any out-of-pocket expenses as long as the remaining benefit balance can cover the cost of the treatment. [4][5]
  3. Appointment Scheduling: We will work with our patients to schedule appointments that make the most efficient use of their CDBS benefits, ensuring that they can maximise the value they receive. [4][5]
  4. Ongoing Communication: We will keep our patients informed about their CDBS eligibility and remaining balance, and provide guidance on how to best utilise the benefits. [4][5]

Advantages of the CDBS

The CDBS offers several advantages for both children and their families for their dental health:

  1. Improved Oral Health: By providing access to essential dental services, the CDBS can help improve the overall oral health of eligible children, reducing the risk of future dental problems. [4]
  2. Cost Savings: The CDBS covers up to $1,095 worth of basic dental services over two years, which can significantly reduce the financial burden on families. [1][2][4][5]
  3. Flexibility: The ability to use the full benefit in the first year or spread it out over two years allows families to manage their dental care needs more effectively. [1][4]
  4. Accessibility: The CDBS can be accessed at both public and private dental clinics, providing families with greater choice and convenience. [1]


At Beecroft Smiles, we are excited to embrace the Child Dental Benefits Schedule and help our young patients access the valuable dental services it provides. By understanding the eligibility criteria, benefit cap, covered services, and the advantages of the program, we can ensure that our patients receive the best possible care and make the most of their CDBS benefits. We encourage all eligible families to take advantage of this important initiative and prioritise the oral health of their children.

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