Children's Public Dental (Oral Health) Services

What We Offer

Box Hill Public Dentistry provides dental services for children tailored to meet the different needs and expectations of you and your child.

Our dental professionals strive to give children a positive and happy dental experience. We can support you in preparing your child for their first visit.  

At their first visit your child will:

•Be asked to put on sunglasses to protect their eyes from the bright light •Be given a ride in the dental chair •Have their teeth counted •Be rewarded with a sticker for good behaviour; and •If there is time, some treatment may be completed.

Who can use this service?

Dental services are available and free of charge to all children and young people under 12 years of age who have:

•A Health Care Card •Are eligible for the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS).


Children who are not eligible will incur a fee of $33.50 payable per child.

Services are also free of charge to children & young people between the ages of 13-17 who have:

•A Health Care Card •A Pension Card •Are eligible for the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS).

For more information re. CDBS please see below.

Children's Public Dental (Oral Health) Services

What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule? (CDBS)


The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) has replaced the Medicare Teen Dental Plan from 1 January 2014. The CDBS will provide eligible children with up to $1,000 in benefits for basic dental services, capped over two consecutive calendar years.

Children are assessed for eligibility at the beginning of each calendar year, with eligibility lasting until 31 December of that year.


A child is eligible for the $1,000 benefit if they are:

•Aged 2–17 years for at least one day of the calendar year •Eligible for Medicare, and •Part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A OR one of a number of other Australian Government payments.