About dental health

Dental health in Australia has improved over the last 25 to 30 years. Changes such as adding fluoride to drinking water have helped to reduce tooth decay in children and adults.

But there is still room to improve. Dental health statistics show that in Australia:

  • 3 in 10 people delay or avoid seeing a dentist because of the cost
  • 1 in 4 children (aged 5 to 10) have untreated decay in their baby teeth
  • 1 in 25 people (aged 15 and over) have no natural teeth left.

To help improve dental health, state and territory governments provide public dental services. Visit the website of your state or territory dental service to see if you’re eligible:

If you have private health insurance, you may be able to claim for dental treatments. Learn more about extras cover.

Dental health hotline

Contact us for more information about dental health and the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. You can call Mondays to Fridays, during regular business hours, or email at any time.

What we’re doing about dental health

    Child Dental Benefits Schedule

    The Australian Government, through the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), supports access to dental services for eligible children, aiming to help children develop and maintain good oral health early in life.

    The CDBS is a legislative scheme defined under the Dental Benefits Act 2008 and Dental Benefits Rules 2014.

    For parents and guardians

    The CDBS covers part, or all, of the costs (up to $1026 over 2 calendar years) for basic dental services for children up to 17 years of age. Learn more about the CDBS, and whether your child is eligible, on Service Australia’s website.

    For service providers

    Services Australia also have information about the CDBS for dental service providers.

    There are a range of resources to help you make sure claims paid under the CDBS:

    We work with state and territory governments to help fund public dental services and improve the oral health of all Australians. The National Oral Health Plan 2015–2024 sets out priorities.

    We also:

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    Dental health hotline

    Contact us for more information about dental health and the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. You can call Mondays to Fridays, during regular business hours, or email at any time.

    DAHM [at] health.gov.au

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