Children set to benefit from new dental funding.
Children set to benefit from new dental funding.

Children set to grow up smiling with dental funding

TWEED kids will be going to the dentist a bit more, thanks to a federal dental funding program.

They may not be thrilled about the idea, but it's all for the good of their dental health.

Richmond MP Justine Elliot said about 25,000 children in Richmond are one step closer to better dental care as the federal government's $2.7 billion dental program Grow Up Smiling passed another milestone in parliament last week.

Following the tabling in parliament of the operational rules of the program, she said local kids would be able to access better dental care from January 1, 2014.

"25,000 local kids between the ages of two and 17 years will benefit from the Grow Up Smiling program - making it as easy for them to see a dentist as it is to see a GP," Mrs Elliot said.

"This will mean each eligible child will be able to access $1000 in dental benefits every two calendar years.

"This will help to pay for basic dental care, such as check-ups, x-rays, fillings and extractions.

Mrs Elliot said it was known that poor childhood oral health leads to poor adult oral health.

"Grow Up Smiling will ensure children have healthy teeth now so they have healthy teeth into the future," she said.

Grow Up Smiling is part of $4.6 billion of funding over six years.

Further information on Grow Up Smiling is provided on the Department of Health and Ageing's website at health.gov.au/dental



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