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Oral health services

Your dentist provides care to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy. Having regular dental checks means they can pick up on problems early before they get too bad.  CM Health supports and funds Oral Health promotion, education and treatment services.

A range of basic services is available at a lower rate for Community Service Card holders who need to access emergency dental care for relief of pain, toothache and infection.

Pre-school and school-age children

Children can be enrolled for free dental visits from when they have the first tooth.  It is important to look after baby teeth as decay in the first teeth will be painful and can affect the child’s eating and development, and may affect their permanent teeth as well.

For more information about the School Dental Service available for children 0 to year 8 (Form 2), how to enrol your child at your nearest school dental clinic and contact details for enquiries, phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) and press 1.

Visit for more information on how to care for children’s teeth and protect their smile for life.

School dental service

Children in New Zealand are entitled to free dental services from 0 to 17 years of age (until their 18th birthday).  It is important to enrol your child as soon as possible to prevent tooth decay and get the best care for them.

Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) provides free dental care for children in the Auckland region from 0 - 17 (until their 18th birthday).

Adolescent dental service

Looking after teeth is just as important during the teenage years; dental care is free from year 9 up to 17 years of age (until 18th birthday).

Adolescents need to enrol with a dentist who holds a contract with the Counties Manukau District Health Board to treat adolescents under the government-funded dental benefits.

Click here for list of contracted dentist providers of free dental care for adolescents.

For more information on adolescent dental care from year 9 (3rd form) and how to enrol, phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) and press 2, or visit

Mobile providers 

Mobile services are provided to some schools and colleges by contracting dentists Lumino Dental, Smilecare and the West Auckland Dental Service. The service is provided from a mobile dental surgery on the school grounds. You can view a list of schools where the mobile service operates.

Click here for list of schools where mobile services operate (PDF, 92 KB)

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Emergency dental services for adults

There is nothing worse than suffering from tooth-ache, except for not knowing where to go for relief or not having the money for the cost.

District Health Boards subsidise a limited range of Emergency Dental / Relief of Pain treatments for NZ residents over the age of 18 years who have a Community Services Card or pension card.  

For Counties Manukau residents there is a maximum of 3 visits per person per year and there is a charge of $40.00 including GST for the relief of pain service provided. Non-residents of NZ pay additional charges.

For the $40.00 charge, one tooth may be dressed, there may be antibiotics prescribed to treat the infection, or, if required, the tooth may be pulled out. This service does not include any ongoing treatment to the tooth such as fillings or root canals, dentures or orthodontic treatment. 

For all dental services always ask for a cost estimate before treatment. Quotes may also be provided for Work & Income NZ financial assistance towards dental treatment.

Click here for a list of hospital oral health clinics and contracted dentists providing subsidised emergency dental/pain relief. (PDF, 555 KB)

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