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Southern DHB Adolescent Oral Health Service

General Dentist 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 or in paid employment.

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 receive free basic dental care, Adolescents (teens) are required to enrol with a provider.

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:
Southland: 0800 825 583 Email:

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

Adolescents – aged 13 - 17

Contact Details

  • Otago Phone

    0800 672 543

  • Southland Phone

    0800 825 583

  • Email

This page was last updated at 12:02PM on June 24, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Adolescent Oral Health Service.