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Southern DHB Community Oral Health Service

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    We offer free basic preventive, treatment and specialist oral care to children that meet our eligibility criteria for publicly funded health care.

    Getting oral and dental health off to a good start is an important part of ongoing good health and well-being.

    Enrol your child

    Free basic dental care is available to New Zealand children and includes:

    • Annual Checkups
    • 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

    Children will receive checks from the community dental service. Our dental buses visit locations across the district.

    Who is eligible for free basic oral and dental care?

    Basic oral and dental care is available to children who are in the care of:

    • A NZ Citizen or permanent resident
    • An Australian Citizen or Australian permanent resident or an Australian planning to live in NZ permanently.
    • An interim visa holder
    • A refugee, or protected person or survivor  of people trafficking
    • A NZ Aid programme student
    • Is in the care or control of the chief executive of The Ministry of Social Development.

    To find a provider, click on the area nearest you:

    Waitaki - Oamaru to Palmerston

    Dunedin City and South Otago

    Alexandra and Central Lakes

    Invercargill City and Southland

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

    Otago: 0800 672 543  Email:
    Southland: 0800 825 583 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.