To our Auckland whānau
During Level 3, there were national restrictions on the health services able to be offered to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. This included restrictions on routine dental treatments and check-ups. Because of this, we have now commenced our COVID-19 Recovery Plan. This means we need to firstly offer appointments to children who have been identified as requiring treatment and those waiting the longest for their routine examination. We also offer an acute service for any child who is experiencing dental pain. In addition, during the transition to Level 2, there may be some restrictions in the range of dental treatments that we are able to provide.
We apologise in advance for the delays this will cause for some 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.
In the meantime, if your child is in pain or you have immediate concerns with their teeth, please phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800-8255-83384). Alternatively, find the direct-dial of your nearest clinic here. Our staff will be available to discuss your concerns with you directly and will offer your child an appointment if required.
The Children’s Community Dental Service.
Good oral health and hygiene is an important part of general health for the whole family.
Waitemata DHB supports and funds oral health promotion, education and treatment services for our young Waitemata residents, setting them up for good oral health for life.
If you would like to discuss enrolment or find a contracting dentist near you, please call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825583)
General Dental Check
Your child's first dental appointments should start when they are about 1 year old.
At your child’s general dental check they will have a full clinical dental examination by a registered Dental Therapist/Oral Health Therapist. Dependent on your child's age and needs this may include x-rays to check for problems below the gum, between & inside teeth, bone areas and tissue within the mouth.
Your child will also have their dental needs assessment completed. The assessment will help determine the best time for your child to be seen for their next general dental check - 6, 12 or 18 months’ time.
The dental needs assessment considers several things:
You can talk to your Dental Therapist/Oral Health Therapist if you have any questions about your child’s dental treatment or dental needs assessment.
Below are some ways you can help to keep your child's teeth healthy:
If you want to know more about what dental care and advice we provide, talk to the Dental Therapist/Oral Health Therapist at your nearest clinic or call: 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 5833)
The Auckland Regional Dental Service provides free care for eligible patients.