Did you know Dunedoo has the regular services of Dr Joanne Drew, who provides dental services at Dunedoo Multipurpose Service (MPS)?
The Dunedoo Health Council would like to let the community know about this valuable service – here is some information which may assist you to access local dental services.
Dr Drew accepts vouchers issued by Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) and also sees children under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. This Schedule provides up to $1000 of Medicare covered dental care every two years for the majority of children. To check your child's eligibility please ring Medicare on 132 011.
Children can also access free dental care at Dubbo and Mudgee through WNSWLHD by phoning 1300 552 626. Please have your Medicare card details available when you call.
Adults may also be eligible for free dental care through WNSWLHD. To be eligible, adults must have a Centrelink Concession Care (a Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card) and must register by ringing 1300 552 626. Once registered, if an adult is offered a dental voucher by WNSWLHD, in most cases it can be used in Dunedoo by making an appointment with Dr Drew by phoning (02) 6370 3080.
If a voucher is not issued, adults may be offered an appointment at Mudgee Dental Clinic or Dubbo Dental Clinic. In most cases, adults will first be placed on a waiting list before an appointment or voucher is offered.
Good oral health is essential to good general health. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining good oral health.
How often should I have my teeth checked?
You should have your teeth checked at least once every 12 months unless your dentist tells you differently. Some people may need to be reviewed every six months and some even every three months. This will depend on your own dental history.
Why should I be getting my teeth check when I feel there is nothing wrong?
Sometimes there can be problems that are evident to the dentist but have not yet caused any problems or pain for the patient. Usually if these are not causing any problems or pain they are small and easier to fix. If you wait until the problem gets bigger and starts to cause pain, the treatment can become more extensive. Little problems can be picked up at regular check-ups.
They are only teeth – does it really matter?
Your teeth and mouth are quite strongly linked to your overall general health. Healthy gums especially are important in maintaining good heart health. Diabetes is also a general condition that is heavily linked to dental health.
Remember, to help you maintain a healthy life it is important to keep your teeth and gums healthy.