Funding fills gaps in youth tooth troubles

Telesha Nettleton, Dr Lydia Tan and Dr Rosalie Harrington.
Telesha Nettleton, Dr Lydia Tan and Dr Rosalie Harrington.

Telesha Nettleton (17) will have fillings done by Keys Dental Practice dentist Lydia Tan this week, funded by the child dental benefits schedule that started in January.

Miss Nettleton said she was self-conscious about her teeth, but looking forward to having them fixed.

‘I got told from one of my friends, then I went into Centrelink and asked about it through Medicare,’ she said.

‘I think it’s a great opportunity; if I didn’t get it, I wouldn’t be able to get my teeth fixed.’

Under the scheme, children aged 2-17 can get basic dental treatment worth up to $1000 over two years.

Dr Tan said there was a variety of treatments, including fillings, extractions, some root canal treatments and cleaning teeth.

‘Most of the time they have to contact us (and) have the paperwork from the Government to say they are eligible,’ Dr Tan said.

‘It’s very rewarding because at least we know we can do something to help them.’

For more information, see www.humanservices.gov.au