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Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS)

General Dentist Service, Community Health, Other


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.



Warm greetings to our community

Kia ora, Talofa lava, Mālō e leilei, Kia orāna, Bula, Fakaalofa lahi atu

Welcome to 2022!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our communities for their ongoing patience as we have been re-establishing dental services for children across the greater Auckland region following significant service disruptions from the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2021.  We now have multiple clinics open across the Auckland region with mobile facilities planned to provide onsite dental care in schools. 

To ensure the ongoing health and safety of our children, whānau and staff we have the following procedures/practices in place:

  • Strict cleaning procedures across our clinics.
  • COVID-19 screening of the child, parent/caregiver prior to attending an appointment.
  • Guidance will be provided on entering the clinic to ensure appropriate distancing is maintained.
  • Masks are to be worn by all children over the age of 12 and their parent/caregiver on entering our clinics (masks are available at our clinics).
  • We do not require evidence of a vaccine passport.

The impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on dental services has meant that we are now facing delays for children accessing dental care.  As part of a recovery plan, we will be prioritising dental appointments for:

  • Children where dental treatment has been identified
  • Children who may be experiencing pain
  • Those children who have been waiting the longest for an examination.

As we work through this recovery plan, we ask that you please continue to be considerate with our staff who are doing their utmost to ensure dental care is provided to children identified with the highest needs first.

If your child is in pain or you have concerns about your child’s teeth, please phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) to speak with one of our staff. 

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. 

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.


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

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

Disability Assistance

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair Access


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Public Transport

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Central Auckland, East Auckland, South Auckland, West Auckland, North Auckland


Contact Details

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

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 12:32PM on August 4, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS).