Community Oral Health Service



The Community Oral Health service has a strong emphasis on prevention of tooth decay and providing parents with advice to support their children's good oral health, at the time of their child's appointment.

The service offers FREE basic dental care, to children who meet the eligibility criteria for publicly funded health and disability services, from birth until they begin high school. 

Free basic dental care is available at Community Oral Health clinics and mobile dental units throughout the Southern District.

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.

How to enrol a child for free basic dental care:

Open the application form below; and either

  • Save it to your computer, complete it electronically (page 1 is a writeable PDF) and email it; or
  • Print it, complete it manually and post it to the address on page 2.

Contact Details

03 476 9835
0800 oral health (0800 672 543)  (free from cell phones)

03 214 5774
0800 570 300  (free from cell phones)


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