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Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS)

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To our community

We would like to update you about the changes to the Children’s Community Dental Service (Auckland Regional Dental Service) in response to COVID-19.

At Covid-19 Alert level 3, the government’s restrictions on people's movements and travel are still in place. With this in mind, we are initially providing appointments for dental care for children who have been telephone assessed for recent dental pain; or who have current dental pain or infection.

The wellbeing of our community is paramount for us, therefore all parents and caregivers who are attending booked appointments will be asked to wear a face-covering/mask and use hand sanitiser on entering the clinic, and these will be provided on arrival.  

If your child is in pain or you have immediate concerns about their teeth, please phone 0800 TALK TEETH to speak with an oral health clinician, or alternatively contact your nearest clinic from one of the following options:

ARDS operating dental care clinic location at Alert Level 3

Contact phone number

Email address

North AKL


09 426 8470



09 479 4236



09 415 2059


Glenfield Intermediate

09 444 6160


Forrest Hill

09 410 7361


West AKL

Henderson Intermediate

09 838 9751



09 838 2402


Glen Eden Intermediate

09 817 0070


Central AKL


09 376 6327


Blockhouse Bay Intermediate

09 627 0019


May Road

09 620 0134



09 520 0603


Point England

09 570 4309



09 276 6633


East AKL


09 533 5426


South AKL

Buckland Road, Māngere

09 442 7208



09 275 4747


Brown’s Road, Manurewa

09 264 0047


Manurewa Intermediate

09 268 8097



09 278 1975



09 274 7203



09 299 8112


Pukekohe Intermediate

09 237 1070



If you phone outside our normal operating hours of Monday-Friday 8am-4.30pm, please contact your after-hours GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116 or visit Healthline.govt.nz.

All non-essential appointments are postponed and we will be in touch with parents/ caregivers to reschedule these as circumstances allow. Our vans and Transportable Dental Units are also closed.

The key to keeping good oral health for our tamariki and whānau is to have healthy oral health habits at home. Please visit ards.co.nz and find general oral health message information sheets available under Multi-language resources, and frequently asked questions.

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

The Children’s Community Dental Service.


Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS)
Free dental assessments and care are provided for children and adolescents in the greater Auckland area.

Birth to Year 8
The ARDS School Dental service provides free dental services to children from birth to Year 8 who have been enrolled with the service. We operate from dental facilities across the greater Auckland area; these facilities include a mixture of fixed clinics, transportable dental units and dental vans. For more information about child dental care or to find a list of clinics near you please check our website here or phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583).

Adolescent Dental Care
Free dental care is provided for adolescents from Year 9 until their 18th birthday by contracted dental practices. 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 dental practice who provides funded dental care near you please click here or phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583).

All babies born in Auckland's main hospitals are automatically registered with the Auckland Regional Dental Service. Your child will be invited to a dental appointment when they are about 1 year old.

If your child is new to Auckland or new to New Zealand they may not be registered with us. To enrol/register your child please complete the ARDS Dental Registration Update E-form here, phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583), or contact one of our dental facilities.


Child / Tamariki, Youth / Rangatahi

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All babies born in Auckland's main hospitals are automatically registered with the Auckland Regional Dental service. You will receive a welcome text and your child will be invited to…



The Auckland Regional Dental Service provides free care for eligible patients.

To enable us to determine your child’s eligibility for free dental care, please include a photocopy or scan of the following documents with any new enrolment forms:

  • Relevant pages of both the parent/guardian and child’s passport; this should include the page with your photograph and personal details, and ALL permits issued (e.g. Residents / Student / Visitor / Work Permits.)
  • The passport page(s) that shows the “New Zealand Entry” stamp.
  • If one or both parents are New Zealand citizens please provide a copy of the child’s full birth certificate only.

Refugees and those who have applied to be refugees in NZ - please provide a copy of the Immigration NZ letter of acceptance of refugee status.


Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Languages Spoken


Government Funded/Subsidised Dental Care

Adolescents – aged 13 - 17, Children up to age 13

Services / Treatments

  • ARDS Dental Registration/Enrolment

    All babies born in Auckland's main hospitals are automatically registered with the Free Children's Community Dental Service.… More PDF

  • Free Dental Care

    General Dental Check
    Your child's first dental appointments should start when they are about 1 year old.… More

  • Dental Practices providing funded care to Adolescents (Year 9 {Form 3} up until the 18th Birthday)

    Dental care is funded for adolescents (Year 9 {Form 3} up until the 18th birthday.… More PDF

Services Provided

Screening and prevention

  • Dental

Wheelchair Access


Document Downloads

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Contact Details

ARDS Administration Office:
Phone: (09) 839 0565
Email: ards@waitematadhb.govt.nz

ARDS Fixed Clinics Information: click here

Adolescent Dental Service:
0800 TALK TEETH or 0800 825 583 or 09 838 1711

For a list of clinics currently open in your area please click here

For a list of adolescent contracting dentists click here

Postal Address

Auckland Regional Dental Service
Private Bag 93 115
Henderson 0650

This page was last updated at 10:25AM on November 25, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS).