Dental FAQs

What is Veteran’s Care?
Mayfield Dental Care caters to all patients in the Mayfield community and surrounding suburbs. Veteran’s Care is one of the programs supported by the clinic to make quality dental care more accessible.

Veteran’s Care is a program by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA), under which veterans, a veteran’s widow/widower, and dependents can enjoy health care services paid for by the DVA.

Cards are given out to those eligible. There are different types of health cards under the program. Each card has its own coverage, limitations, and eligibility.

For gold cardholders, DVA covers funding for necessary healthcare needs, war service-related or not.

White cardholders are entitled to funding for an injury/injuries that are war service-related. There are specific conditions for this cardholder, all subject to the DVA.

The orange card is for “pharmaceuticals only”. It cannot be used for any medical or other health care treatment.

And finally, the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. This is only is available to eligible veterans, partners, and war widow(er)s who do not receive an income support pension from DVA or a pension or benefit from Centrelink, and who meet an annual adjusted taxable income test.

How often do I need to see my dentist for a check-up?
We recommend a regular dental check-up be performed once every six months, or twice annually. This is important for us to effectively keep your teeth at their best and monitor recent dental treatments if applicable.

A regular dental check-up includes a thorough investigation of how your pearly whites are doing. Your dentist may perform a series of tests such as oral cancer screening to detect possible dental problems and stop their progress.

A dental check-up is also the best time to tell your dentist about your dental worries, or if there is something in your mouth that makes you uncomfortable. Remember, your participation is very important and truly appreciated for a wonderful dental visit.

Your dentist will also give you personalised oral hygiene instructions to keep your teeth in their prime.

How often do I need to have my teeth professionally cleaned?
Brushing, flossing, and other dental hygiene practices are important to keeping your teeth clean. However, they are not enough. No amount of brushing can remove all the plaque in the mouth. You’ll only risk hurting your soft tissues.

This is because not all areas in the mouth can be properly reached during brushing. The molars are examples of areas that can’t be properly brushed.

To effectively rid the mouth of plaque and tartar buildup, a professional cleaning is recommended. The teeth’s surfaces are scraped using ultrasonic tools, and are then planed to smoothen them. Smooth surfaces make it harder for plaque to reattach.

A dental scale and clean is a part of a regular dental check-up, however it doesn’t need to take place as often. Your dentist will tell if you need a dental cleaning depending on the status of your teeth.

What is the CBDS?
CBDS, or the child benefits schedule, is an Australian government-funded program, which provides $1000 worth of dental services for children aged 2-17.

The $1000 is stretched for two calendar years and starts after your child’s first dental treatment.

Under the CBDS, your child can enjoy the following dental services:

For your child to be eligible for the CBDS, he or she must be:

  • Age 2-17 years old
  • Member of Medicare (as your dependent)
  • Family receives financial assistance funded by the Australian government

Learn more here

What is the difference between Zoom Whitening and regular teeth whitening?
At Mayfield Dental Care, we have different teeth whitening options available for our patients.

Zoom Whitening is a teeth-whitening option with improvements and a few twists. Zoom Whitening as the name suggests is a teeth-whitening option that delivers whiter results in less than one hour. The procedure makes use of the Zoom advanced power chairside lamp, which is responsible for accelerating the bleaching process.

With Zoom Whitening, your teeth’s shade can improve up to eight times in one sitting. The bleaching gel used is stronger than in regular teeth whitening. It removes persistent stains that resist regular whitening and the resulting shade is proven to last longer. With Zoom Whitening, tougher stains are also removed.

What is Clear Aligner Treatment?
Clear Aligner Treatment is an orthodontic option, which makes use of a series of clear, nearly invisible plastic aligners. They are nearly impossible to detect when worn, as opposed to the metals in the traditional braces.

Each Invisalign tray is custom-made to your unique measurements and is worn for two weeks. The trays must be worn in the mouth for 20-22 hours a day and should never be removed unless you’re eating, brushing your teeth, or engaging in a sports activity.

The removable trays slowly move your crooked teeth place into place for straighter teeth alignment.

Some of the problems addressed by Invisalign are crowded teeth, misaligned teeth, and crossbite.

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