MC Dental are providing quality care to children as part of a new Medicare initiative that covers dental treatment for children aged 2 – 17.

This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to ensure their children receive essential dental attention that will set them on the right path for a life of good dental health. With Medicare covering the costs for many popular services there is no better time to take advantage and book an appointment for your child.

The friendly team at MC Dental are experts at working with children and take special steps to ensure children have a positive experience. To find out how your children can access the Medicare Child Dental Benefit Scheme contact MC Dental on (03) 8608 8968

Important points:

  • Services that receive a benefit under the program include examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals, extractions and partial dentures.
  • The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period.
  • Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work.
  • You can confirm your child’s eligibility by calling the Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011. The Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.

Also known as tooth decay, dental cavities are caused by acid erosion of tooth enamel. When bacteria and plaque build up on teeth, optimal conditions are created in the mouth for tooth decay to occur, which is why it is essential to prevent or treat dental cavities early on.

How Will I Know If I Have Cavities?

The only way to diagnose cavities is to visit your dentist for a check-up, preferably every six months. By maintaining a regular dental check-up schedule, any problems such as cavities can be diagnosed in the early stages and treatment applied before the problem escalates.

What Are The Symptoms?

Dental cavities often present no symptoms. If left untreated however, cavities will continue to erode the teeth and get larger, sometimes resulting in symptoms at a later stage when you may find your teeth are more sensitive to sweet foods or hot and cold temperatures.

How Can I Prevent Cavities?

Maintaining a healthy oral care routine at home is important. As well as brushing your teeth at least twice daily to remove food particles, plaque and bacteria, flossing daily will ensure you reach between the teeth and gums to clean those areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush.

What Treatment Is Available?

The standard cavity treatment is a dental filling. The decayed matter will first be removed, and then the cavity filled – usually with amalgam or composite resin. For extensive cavities, more complex treatments such as crowns or root canal may be required to save your tooth.

Worried About Dental Cavities?

If it’s been more than six months since your last check-up, pay a visit to your dentist as soon as possible. MC Dental offers general and cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening and sleep dentistry. To make an appointment call, (03) 8608 8968.

Many patients turn to cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of their teeth. Here are four common cosmetic dental procedures that will get your pearly whites looking as good as new:

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a procedure that bleaches the teeth so as to mask any general discolouration on the surface of the teeth. While it is possible to obtain a home-whitening kit from your dentist that you can apply yourself at home, many opt to have their teeth whitened professionally in the dentist’s chair as this will achieve the most beneficial and long lasting results.

Veneers

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of gaps, poorly shaped teeth, or chips and cracks,veneers might be the answer you’re looking for. Made from tooth-like materials, veneers are custom-made shells that are applied to each individual tooth to create a natural finished look.

Crowns

Damaged teeth can be enhanced with a crown – a tooth-shaped cap that is permanently bonded to a tooth to restore its shape, size and strength, and to improve its overall appearance. A crown completely encases the original tooth, down to the gum line.

Bridges

Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth, as an alternative to using dentures or dental implants. Neighbouring healthy teeth are used as an anchor for the false tooth or teeth between them – they literally bridge the gap.

Looking for a Dentist in Melbourne?

Open seven days a week in Melbourne’s CBD, Melbourne Central Dental provides a range of dental services, from orthodontics to cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry. Extra efforts can also be made to cater for emergency dentist appointments. Call Melbourne Central Dental on 03 8608 8968or visit their website.

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