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 17 years of age (until their 18th birthday).

  • Enrol your child as early as possible, so that you can arrange the first check-up.
  • Your child’s first visit will usually be between their 1st and 2nd birthdays. Dental staff will let you know the time of your appointment once you enrol.

How to enrol

It’s easy to enrol – just call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583).

We’ll guide you through it and send you the right forms for you to fill in.

  • If your child is a preschooler or at primary school, fill in the forms and post them to your local oral health service.
  • If your child is older, they’ll see a dentist in the community. If your dentist does not have a contract with your local district health board, call 0800 Talk Teeth (0800 825 583) and we will help you find a dentist near you who does.