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Why check ups and prevention are so important for children

Leila Haywood

PREVENTION IS STILL THE BEST TREATMENT

It's a common saying that prevention is the cure, and it is by far the best treatment in dentistry. The key focus for preventive strategies is best started for children, so that their first dental experience is a positive one, and by seeing children early on, dental staff can assist the child to practice good oral hygiene to prevent significant problems from occurring. Research indicates that 50% of children and three out of 10 adults have untreated tooth decay in Australia, which is concerning given that 90% of dental disease is preventable, with the severity and prevalence of tooth decay increasing since the mid 1990's. By reducing the sugar consumption in the diet, especially of sugary drinks, and acidic foods, and with healthy oral hygiene habits, such as tooth brushing twice a day, and flossing once a day, tooth decay can be prevented. Early childhood caries (EEC) is the number one chronic disease affecting young children, and is completely preventable. 
  
  Dental decay disease crosses all socioeconomic boundaries with high prevalence and is a significant health burden in Australia and around the world. Decay is an infectious disease that is modified by diet, and is a significant predictor of long term dental health problems and creates problems with speech, eating and poor self esteem, and therefore prevention is identified as a key priority. Healthy teeth and gums are important to a child's general health and well being, and prevention is most definitely superior to the cure. Sugar consumption is steadily rising globally, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued recommendations on sugar consumption to reduce the risk of diseases in adults and children, with a specific focus on obesity and tooth decay.

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Tooth decay is thought to result in dental care costs which are 5-10% of the health budgets of industrialised countries, and with oral diseases related to systemic disease, dental health is recognised as a measure of good overall health. One of the challenges with dental health is that many people believe that cavities are inevitable, with almost 100% of adults having experienced tooth decay. Studies indicate that almost half of adults forget to brush and floss before bed, and the expectation ought to be that people can keep their teeth without fillings, with the right preventive care measures, home care and observance by a dental health care provider each 6 months.

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Child Dental Benefits Schedule increased

Leila Haywood

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The Australian Dental Association has been advocating for restoration of the cap on dental treatment and care that is available to eligible children. In December last year, with support of Labor and the Greens, the Government announced that the CDBS would be retained, but that it would be reduced from $1000 to $700 over 2 years. 

Urgent discussions with the Federal Health minister, along with support from  key Senators who were opposed to the cuts to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule cap, have resulted in the Australian Government advising that the original figure of $1000 will be reinstated. 

The reduction to $700 would have resulted in 25% of children who have accessed the program, not being in a position have had their treatment needs met. Dental disease in children is on the rise, which 40% of children aged 5 to 10 having decay in their baby teeth, and 30% of children aged 9-14 having decay in their permanent teeth. A reduction in the ability to provide oral health care and preventive strategies for these children and their families is bad news. 

Today's decision by the Health minister ensures that the CDBS remains a critically important investment in the dental health of disadvantaged Australian children to help these children access the care and assistance that they need for a healthy life, with their private dentist of choice. As a community service, our dental professionals will bulk bill for eligible children for their dental care.