Childrens and Youths Dentists

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Free Dental Care for Under 18 Years

Children in New Zealand who meet the eligibility criteria for publicly funded health and disability services are entitled to free basic oral health services from birth to 18 years of age.

You can also enrol your child with the free dental service by calling 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583).

Most under 18's services totally free!

Children and adolescents from year 9 up until their 18th birthday are eligible to receive free dental treatment (Excluding international students). These dental services are funded by the Ministry of Health. Many parents and children are unaware of this free service! Free dental services include:

  • Regular checkups
  • X-rays
  • Cleaning
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Preventative treatments like fluoride or fissure sealants
  • Accidents are covered by ACC.
  • You’ll need to pay for orthodontic treatments, like braces to straighten teeth. But children with special medical needs, eg cleft palates, can get free treatment.
  • Children in New Zealand are entitled to one free dental examination per year. If there is another problem, they can make another free appointment.
  • They may not be able to cover the full cost of treatment. Orthodontic care and tooth whitening is not free for under 18 year olds.
Free dental care – Kids under 13 years

Children under the age of 13 years are also eligible for free dental treatment on referral letter from a school Dental Nurse. Your child’s first visit will usually be between their 1st and 2nd birthdays.

What happens when my child turns 18?

Basic dental services are free until you’re 18. If you need dental treatment after 18, and you’re on a low income or have an illness, disability or injury, you can apply for government support through WINZ.