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Dental and Oral Health

To our Auckland whānau


We would like to extend our gratitude for the support you showed our healthcare workers during the COVID-19 lockdown. During this period, there were national restrictions on services able to be offered to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. This included restrictions on routine dental treatments and check-ups.

 We kindly request your continual support as we commence our COVID-19 Recovery Plan. For the Children’s Community Dental Service (Auckland Regional Dental Service), this means we need to firstly offer our dental appointments to children of highest clinical need before routine check-ups can be offered.

 We apologise in advance for the delays this will cause for children who are due a routine check-up. Please be assured that we will contact you as soon as we are able to offer your child an appointment with our service. If you would like to update your contact details and include an email address on your child’s file, please email


School dental service (ARDS)

Good oral health and hygiene is an important part of general health for the whole family.

Waitemata DHB provides FREE oral health care services for the children of Auckland from birth to school year 8.

  • The Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) provides free care for pre-school children who have been enrolled with the service at ARDS clinics throughout greater Auckland
  • The service also operates from mobile clinics around the region
  • The free dental care that ARDS provides carries on when your child begins school (Years 1-8)

 In the meantime, if your child is in pain or you have immediate concerns with their teeth, please phone your nearest Children’s Community Dental Service clinic or 0800 TALK TEETH. Our staff will be available to discuss your concerns with you directly and will offer your child an appointment if required.

 For more information as well as our top tips for keeping your child’s smile bright, please visit

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Dental and Oral Health

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