In Australia the university training will take around 5 to 7 years depending on the pathway you take.
Yes, dentists that are practising in Australia need to be registered with the Dental Board of Australia to be able to legally practice.
Dental work in Australia is not generally covered under Medicare for adults. There is a scheme called the Child Dental Benefits Schedule operated by Medicare which covers some dental treatments if you meet the requirements which are: Be aged 2 to 17 years old for at least 1 day that year, be eligible for Medicare and also getting a payment from Centrelink at least once a year eg Family Tax Benefit Part A
It is recommended to see a dentist at least once a year. Regular visits allow you to keep on top of your teeth and gum health and identify any issues early on. Discuss the frequency of visits with your dentist as you may need more regular visits if you have at risk conditions or a family history of dental problems.
Yes, dental treatment is cover under the extras component of may private health insurance policies. The level of cover will vary depending on how extensive your policy is. Some may cover routine checks up while others will cover treatment work also.
The gap is the difference between what the dentist charges and what your private health insurance will pay. eg. If a dentist charges $120 for a service and your health fund pay $70 for that service then the gap would be $50. The percentage that your private health will cover will depend on your policy.
A dental clean is a clean of your teeth when you visit your dentist. It is a more intensive clean than you can achieve at home and will involve remove plaque and tartar build up on your teeth. Often the teeth will also be given a fluoride treatment after a clean is performed.