Free dental care
New Zealand children are entitled to free basic oral health services from birth until their 18th birthday. It’s important to enrol your child as early as possible with the service so you can arrange the first check-up. Your child’s first visit will usually be between six and nine months of age. Dental staff will let you know the time of your appointment once you enrol.
Free dental care is available for children aged 0 - 17 years old by the Community Oral Health Service. It’s easy to enrol. Just call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583). You'll be guided through the enrolment process and sent the forms you need to fill in. If your child is a pre-schooler, or at primary school, fill in the forms and post to your local oral health service.
If your child is in Year 9 or above, you can choose the dentist you would like to provide your child’s care. Simply fill in the forms and give them to your chosen dental practice.
Basic dental care is free until the young person has their 18th birthday.