General and Preventative

Services and treatments for the whole family

The best cure for poor oral health is prevention. Good oral health starts at home and there is much your Dental Care Network clinic can do to help you instill good practices in your family. Regular dental check-ups ensure that any cause for concern is quickly addressed, whether this involves a dental cleaning to reduce plaque build-up, a sealant to halt the progress of tooth decay or a quick lesson for your younger children in how to floss. There are many different types of dentistry, each with its own purpose for your oral health. General and preventative dentistry are the core components of a comprehensive dental health routine. Why? Because they can help you maintain a healthy mouth and set of teeth, and can pinpoint any potential problems as they develop.

What does general dentistry include?

General dentists perform a number of important tests and procedures, including check-ups, teeth cleanings, and routine care procedures such as tooth removals, implants and fillings. They can also diagnose and treat gum disease, xerostomia and sleep apnoea. Preventative care is an important part of general dentistry. One of the major reasons oral health has improved in the Western world over the course of the past century is because of an increased focus on regular check-ups. When you head to a general dentist for a routine appointment, he or she will check your teeth for cavities, infections, excessive plaque and gum disease, all of which can lead to tooth decay and other problems if left untreated. Furthermore, visits to the dentist can help you learn good hygiene habits. This is especially important for children who are still learning about proper care for their teeth and gums. Your general dentist will teach you how to properly brush and floss your teeth in a manner that prevents cavities and gum disease, and will instruct children on good dental hygiene for kids.

How can I pay for general dentistry?

There are a number of ways to pay for services performed by a general dentist. In special circumstances, you may be able to secure Medicare funding for various treatments, but your best bet is to find a private health fund that covers these kinds of dental visits. Dental Care Network (DCN) dentists partner with various health funds to help provide coverage for patients. If you have coverage through a private health fund, you’ll want to check with your provider to make sure you select a dentist in your care network. A few of the funds some of our dentists work with are Australian United Health Limited, Bupa Australia, HCF and Medibank private. Furthermore, if you’re a parent, you will want to look into the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CBDS). As of 1 January 2014, certain Australian children qualify for government-funded dental visits. If your family falls under the Family Tax Benefit Part A and your child is between the ages of two and 17, you may be eligible for these benefits.

How to find a general dentist

After you’ve determined how you’ll pay for your dental treatments, it’s time to find the right dentist for you. Search for a general dentist whose services are covered by your health fund, if applicable. There are many handpicked DCN dentists located throughout Australia, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find a reliable professional near you. Once you find the right dentists, you’ll begin reaping the benefits of preventative care and good oral health practices.