Smiles for Two: Pregnancy and Dental Health
This program provides priority access to dental care for eligible pregnant women in Tasmania.
- Keeping your mouth, teeth and gums healthy during and after your pregnancy is important for your health and your unborn baby.
- Your baby will have less chance of developing tooth decay if your mouth is healthy during pregnancy. This is because once the baby is born; decay-producing bacteria can be passed from the mother to the baby.
- It is very safe and strongly recommended to have dental treatment during pregnancy.
How much the program costs
- You will need to pay for some of the cost. This is called a co-payment.
- The co-payment is $45 per appointment.
- If you are under 18, you will be bulk billed through Medicare.
What the program involves
- If you are pregnant, you receive priority general dental treatment with us without going on a waiting list.
- When treatment is completed, we plan a 12-month follow-up appointment for you and your baby.
- Your baby’s first dental visit is an important time, and we’ll help you establish healthy habits for your baby.
How to take part
- If you are eligible, your midwife, GP or other health professional will contact us. This is called a referral.
- You can also refer yourself by ringing 1300 011 013 and letting us know that you are pregnant.
- On receipt of the referral, we will contact you to schedule a priority appointment at your nearest clinic.
How to find out if you are eligible
If you are pregnant and live in Tasmania, you are eligible for a priority appointment if:
- you have a current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card
- are under 18 years of age.
If you are a pregnant adult, and do not have a concession card, please visit a private dentist for treatment.