ARDS School Dental Service
General Dentist Service
Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS)
The Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) provides free dental services to children aged 0-17 years (up to their 18th birthday). We operate from 83 different types of facilities across the greater Auckland area comprising fixed clinics, transportable dental units and dental vans.
Birth to Year 8 (Form 2)
Auckland Regional Dental Service provides free dental assessments and care from birth to children up to Year 8 (Form 2). Adolescent care from Year 9 onwards is mainly provided by a contracting dentist please see below.
Adolescent Dental Care
Adolescent dental services are mainly provided by contracting dentists from Year 9 (Form 3) until their 18th birthday. Regardless of whether adolescents are at school, in paid employment or not they are still entitled to free dental services. For more information about adolescent dental care or to find a contracting dentist near you please check our website www.ards.co.nz or phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583)
All babies born in Auckland's main hospitals are automatically enrolled/registered with the Auckland Regional Dental Service. Once registered your child will be invited to a dental appointment when they are about 1 year old.
If your child was not born in an Auckland Hospital, is new to Auckland or new to New Zealand we may not have them enrolled/registered on our database.
To enrol/register your child please phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583), or contact one of our dental facilities. For more information about us, our locations and contact numbers please visit our website here.
All Children's Community Dental Clinics will be closed over the holiday period from
Monday 24th December 2018 until Sunday 6th January 2019.
For urgent dental treatment during this time please contact your local after hours medical centre.
We wish you a happy and restful holiday break
Government Funded Care for under 18 years
Birth to Year 8 (Form 2), Adolescents Year 9 [Form 3] until 18th Birthday
Conditions and Treatments
General Check up
General Dental Check
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Dental Caries (Dental Cavities, Tooth Decay)
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Filling materials for teeth
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Free Dental Services are available for all eligible children from birth up until their 18th birthday.
The Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) provides free dental examinations, oral health education, x-rays and treatment to children from birth to Year 8 (Form 2) once enrolled/ registered with us.
Adolescent dental care (From year 9) is mainly provided by contracting dentists. For more information about adolescent care or to find a contracting dentist near you please go to our website www.ards.co.nz
Please Note: if you are not a NZ citizen or a NZ permanent resident you may not be eligible for publicly funded health care. To check if you are eligible for free dental care please go to www.moh.govt.nz/eligibility
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Clinics do have on-site parking, please contact your clinic directly for the specific parking details for each site.
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This page was last updated at 9:20AM on December 21, 2018. This information is reviewed and edited by ARDS School Dental Service.