Free Dental Care Now Available

Thousands of children in Melbourne’s west will receive free dental care under a scheme rolling out this month.

Medicare-funded dental care for kids began on January 1 and will provide up to $1000 in dental services every two years for 3.4 million Australian children in families which receive Family Tax Benefit Part A.

“One in three people are unable to afford to see a dentist, but all that is about to change.For too long we’ve treated the mouth as separate from the rest of the body, which has resulted in an oral health crisis in this country.”

As well as subsidised basic dental treatment for children, it includes $1.3 billion for about 1.4 million additional dental services for adults on low incomes.