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School Dental Service

The School Dental Service provides free dental care at school-based clinics for children from pre-school through to the end of primary or intermediate school. Parents are encouraged to enrol their children into the service from the age of two. This helps them get to know their dental therapist and become used to the dental clinic.

Children are assessed according to their dental needs and treated as required by a dental therapist and a dental assistant. Most dental clinics are permanently located on school grounds. The Central Wellington region is also serviced by four mobile clinics.

Where children need special dental services that cannot be provided by a dental therapist they may be referred to a dentist for free treatment. You can view a list of current contracted providers www.ccdhb.org.nz/Services/Dental/Dentists_list.pdf  for these services.

How to enrol
You can enrol by:

  • downloading and printing the enrolment form (see below)
  • picking up a copy of the enrolment form at your local dental clinic, school, Plunket, or a variety of other health and community organisations.

Return the completed form to your nearest dental clinic or to the regional office at Hutt Hospital, High Street, Private Bag 31-903, Lower Hutt.

Please make sure you fill out all parts of the form and sign the "agreement for service" section at the end.

For more information
The School Dental Service is provided to all children within Capital & Coast District Health Board and Hutt Valley District Health Board. More information can be found on the Hutt Valley District Health Board website www.huttvalleydhb.org.nz/Article.aspx

Contact the School Dental Service on (04) 570 9292.

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