Make School Holidays the Time for a Dental Check-Up
If you tend to spend the school holidays searching for ways to keep the kids occupied, why not use this time to book them in for a dental check-up? While a visit to the dentist may not be top of the list of holiday activities for the little ones, the extra free time over the school holidays can make this the perfect opportunity to get on top of your child’s oral health.
Here’s why the school holidays are an ideal time to book in with your local National Dental Care Group practice and make sure your kids go back to the classroom with the healthiest smiles.
You’re not restricted by school hours
Arranging a dental appointment during the school holidays means you don’t have to coordinate your visit around school time, which generally means having to squeeze in an appointment before or after school or have your child miss some of their school day.
By making your dental appointment at a convenient time over the school holidays, you can enjoy a stress-free visit that doesn’t require a juggling act around the school timetable.
You can bring your children in together
If you have more than one child, arranging their dental check-ups during the school holidays means you can usually arrange to get them all seen in a single visit - and that means fewer trips back and forth to the dentist, with everyone getting seen in one go.
What’s more, bringing younger children to the dentist with their older siblings can help to get them used to the experience of visiting the dentist, as they watch and learn from their big brother or sister.
It’s an ideal time to chat to kids about their dental health
Without having spent a busy day in the classroom, the school holidays can provide a more relaxed environment to teach your children about their oral health and how to practice good oral hygiene.
Teaching children about aspects such as how to brush their teeth correctly and why it’s important to do this twice a day can help to instill a good oral hygiene routine from a young age, making them more likely to stick to this as they get older.
Is your child eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)?
The CDBS is a government-funded scheme that provides eligible children with financial assistance for basic dental services, over the space of two consecutive calendar years.
To be eligible for the CDBS, a child must:
- Be aged 2 to 17 years
- Be eligible for Medicare
- Receive, or be part of a family receiving, certain Australian Government payments
If your child is eligible, you can claim up to $1,000 over two consecutive calendar years, for treatments including check-ups, x-rays, cleaning, fillings, root canals and extractions.
Click here to find out more about the CDBS.
To make a booking for your child over the school holidays, contact your local National Dental Care Group practice or book an appointment online.