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Adolescent Oral Health Service | Southern | Te Whatu Ora

General Dentist Service


Formerly Southern DHB Adolescent Oral Health Service

The service offers FREE basic dental care, to adolescents who meet the eligibility criteria for publicly funded health and disability services, from Year 9 until their 18th birthday, regardless of whether at school, in paid employment or unemployed.

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.

To find an Adolescent (teen) provider, click on the area nearest you:

Waitaki - Ōamaru to Palmerston

Dunedin City and South Otago

Alexandra and Central Lakes

Invercargill City and Southland


Please note: some providers only accept Adolescents (teens) IF a family member already attends the practice annually.

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

Otago: 0800 672 543  Email: community.oralhealth@southerndhb.govt.nz
Southland: 0800 570 300  Email: community.oralhealth@southerndhb.govt.nz

You can access any of our oral health services by getting in touch with any of our clinicians and discussing the care you need.

Government Funded/Subsidised Dental Care


Free dental care for adolescents from the beginning of year 9 (first year of high school) until their 18th birthday. Free dental care continues to be available from a participating Dental Provider in your area.

Contact Details

  • Otago Phone

    0800 672 543

  • Southland Phone

    0800 570 300

  • Email


This page was last updated at 3:35PM on March 15, 2024. This information is reviewed and edited by Adolescent Oral Health Service | Southern | Te Whatu Ora.