When we say basic dental needs, the first thing that pops in our mind are flossing and brushing our teeth regularly. But it also means seeing our dentist for regular cleaning and checkups to maintain a healthy mouth and teeth.
Public dental services are also available to different states. It can be a huge advantage since some of them offer dental services for free! Just like in New South Wales, their states offer public dental services to eligible residents. So, how can you access these public dental care? Here’s how…
Public Dental Services
NSW public dental clinics are usually located in community health centers and public hospitals. Patients are prioritized depending on their dental conditions. Serious dental conditions are treated urgently while some patient needs to wait for their turn.
Am I Eligible for Public Dental Services?
All children under 18 years of age who are a resident in NSW are eligible for public dental services.
While adults who are NSW residents must have Medicare and should be listed on ONE of the following Australian Government concession cards:
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- Health Care Card
- Pensioner Concession Card
Take note that your Medicare and concession cards should be shown when visiting public dental clinics. So always bring it with you.
How Do I Make an Appointment?
You can contact your local public dental service for appointments. Before calling, make sure that you have your Medicare and concession card details with you. If your condition is not that urgent, you should be willing to wait
What are the Types of Dental Emergencies?
Dental emergency conditions include:
- difficulty opening jaw and/or swallowing
- bleeding from the mouth that won’t stop
- swelling in the mouth
- dental trauma or injury
- swelling of the face or neck
If the condition is serious, you can access dental care, call Triple Zero (000) or go to the nearest hospital Emergency Department.
How can I access the CDBS for my child?
CDBS or Child Dental Benefits Schedule is for children aged 2 to 17 who are eligible for Medicare. Children who receive at least one of the following benefits are also eligible for CDBS:
- Family Tax Benefit Part A
- Carer Payment
- Disability Support Pension
Your child can access dental care under the CDBS through public dental clinics in NSW including school-based dental services and private dental providers.
Where to Find Public Dental services?
Every state in Australia has a public dental service. They are usually delivered via mobile dental clinics, community dental clinics, and school dental clinics.
If you want to know more about your state’s public dental services, you can visit their website on the link below:
- New South Wales – NSW Health
- Australian Capital Territory – ACT Health
- Western Australia – Dental Health Service
- Northern Territory – Department of Health
- Victoria – Department of Health
- Tasmania – Oral Health Services Tasmania
- Queensland – Queensland Health
- South Australia – South Australian Dental Service
Good oral and dental hygiene is important to prevent bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. Some of us might not take dental health seriously but an unhealthy mouth can lead to serious health problems like stroke. Preterm labor, diabetes, and heart attack.
So always make some time to visit your dentist every six months!