NO GAP CHECK-UP & CLEAN EXPLAINED
At The White Bite, we offer a No Gap check-up and clean (incl. check-up, scale, polish, fluoride and x-rays) for all private health fund members with available dental extras cover. This means, no matter which private health fund you are with, you won’t have any out-of-pocket costs for your check-up and clean.
The Australian Dental Association recommends 6-monthly dental visits to look after your oral health. Usually, private health funds cover two check-up and cleans per year (twice a year). You can check your cover in your private health fund policy or health fund app. Alternatively, you can also ask one of our staff members to assist you.
What does No Gap mean?
Even if you have private health insurance and pay for extras cover, your dental visits won’t be fully paid for by your health fund. Usually, health funds only pay a part of the treatment costs. Depending on your policy and cover, it depends how much you have to pay. This out-of-pocket expense that you will have to pay yourself is called “the gap”. At The White Bite, we waive the gap for you if you have private health insurance with available dental extras cover.
Use your dental benefits
Most private health funds run their policies on a calendar year basis. This means, that your extras cover resets on January 1st of each new year. Unused benefits don’t roll over. For instance, if you had dental benefits for preventative dental of $300 and did not use it all, you won’t be able to use the leftover amount in the following year.
Some health funds, such as ahm, Defence Health and Peoplecare, reset their extras benefits on a financial year period.
Please always check your policy and cover information before undergoing treatment of any kind. If you require assistance, don’t hesitate to ask one of our front desk members for help.
Check-up and clean treatment process
If you come for a check-up and clean to The White Bite, your dentist will firstly assess if you require new x-rays. We generally take x-rays every two years for our patients. X-rays are necessary because they will show your dentist if there are any cavities in between your teeth or underneath your old fillings. For new patients, we may also take an OPG. This is a type of x-ray that shows a detailed view of all your teeth and jaws in the one frame.
The next treatment step is to document the current state of your teeth. For this reason, your dentist will take a series of photos of your teeth and mouth. We will then examine your teeth and gums. This includes checking your existing fillings, looking for any periodontal issues and more.
Afterwards, your dentist will use an ultra-sonic scaler and polisher to remove plaque and stains from your teeth. These can be so stubborn and persistent that you can’t remove them with a toothbrush yourself. The scaling helps to remove any build-up tartar. In addition, we will also apply some fluoride to strengthen your teeth.
In last step, your dentist will show you the photos of your mouth and the x-rays. If you require any further treatment, this will be explained. You will also receive an itemised treatment plan that you can take home with you.