Good oral health and hygiene is an
important part of general health for the whole family (babies through to
older adults). Through our provider arrangements, Counties Manukau
Health supports and funds Oral Health promotion,
education and treatment services. Families are encouraged to enrol
their children with the regional
dental services (ARDS) as infants and to ensure their
teenagers are enrolled with the free adolescent services too. From 18
years of age we encourage all adults to regularly attend local dentists
for prevention and maintenance services and to keep your mouth and teeth
healthy. Most adult oral health is provided by private dental services
and is not subsidised. Work and Income NZ also support oral health to
low income people through their grant schemes.
Health provides some emergency dental
services (relief of pain and infection only) for community services card
holders through both Hospital and selected Community providers. These
services incur a patient contribution.
Through our Auckland District Health
Board partners we also provide for a full range of hospital dental
services including care for special needs patients; those with medical
conditions which necessitate hospital dental care; and specialist dental
services such as cleft palate and complex oral care.
Many primary and community services,
such as well child and PHOs, also support child oral health with family
oral health education, promotion and facilitating enrolment process.
In 2006/2007 CMDHB undertook a
significant project of review of the way (and where) child and
adolescent oral health services need to be delivered in future. The project
a continuation of the implementation of our 2005 CMDHB Oral Health Plan
and also the
Ministry of Health’s vision 'Good Oral Health for
all: for life (2006)'.