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Southern DHB Adolescent Oral Health Service

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    The service offers FREE basic dental care, to adolescents who meet the eligibility criteria for publicly funded health and disability services, from Year 9 until their 18th birthday, regardless of whether at school, in paid employment or unemployed.

    Basic dental care includes:

    • An annual check up
    • Oral health advice and encouragement for good oral health
    • Examination and dental X-rays, if necessary
    • Preventative treatment, such as topical fluoride and fissure sealants (coatings)
    • Restorations (fillings) and extractions

    Please note: Orthodontic treatment (straightening of teeth using braces) is not provided.

    To receive free basic dental care, Adolescents (teens) are required to enrol with a provider.

    To find an Adolescent (teen) provider, click on the area nearest you:

    Waitaki - Oamaru to Palmerston

    Dunedin City and South Otago

    Alexandra and Central Lakes

    Invercargill City and Southland


    Please note: some providers only accept Adolescents (teens) IF a family member already attends the practice annually.

    To find out more or to enrol in the Community Oral Health Service, please contact:

    Otago: 0800 672 543  Email:
    Southland: 0800 570 300  Email:

    You can access any of our oral health services by getting in touch with any of our clinicians and discussing the care you need.