Oral Health Services (Dental)
Oral health care for 0-12 year olds
The Community Oral Health Service provides regular free basic care for children, at selected school sites. The service uses a combination of both mobile clinics and many clinics located on school grounds to provide a service focused on preventive care and a family / whanau approach.
The clinics, which open on a rotational basis, are predominantly staffed by dental therapists with help from dental assistants. The service has strong links with dentists and hospital-based dental services.
The staff also maintain links with public health nurses, dietitians and health promoters, to provide a holistic approach to oral care.
A focus on improving children’s oral health through regular assessment combined with education, prevention, treatment and referral to maintain and improve oral health.
All treatments are free and include:
- Checking of teeth for decay and looking at gums and the entire mouth for any problems
- X-rays to find tooth decay and other problems that can’t otherwise be seen
- Fluoride treatments to make teeth more resistant to decay
- Fissure sealants to stop surfaces getting decay
- Cleaning off plaque and tartar
- Fillings and stainless steel crowns to replace surfaces affected by decay
- Removal of baby teeth that have been badly affected by decay
Community and mobile dental clinics
A fleet of 15 mobile dental clinics regularly visit schools in the Waikato DHB region.
The service visits many early childhood centres.
It’s never too early to start knowing about looking after teeth, and Nipper and Nudge have been visiting early childhood centres to remind children to brush two minutes twice a day.
|Community Dental Clinics are located at:
- Frankton Primary School
- Fairfield Intermediate School
- Peachgrove intermediate School
- Crawshaw Primary School
- Cambridge Middle School
- Firth Primary School
- Morrinsville Primary School
- Tokoroa Hospital
Free oral health care for adolescents (13-17 year olds)
Adolescents are entitled to an annual check-up and basic routine dental care free of charge from selected dentists.
Routine dental treatment care focuses on the prevention of tooth decay and repair of cavities. It does not include cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics e.g. if you wish for white fillings to be used on back teeth, you will have to pay for this treatment.List of the contracted dentists
Emergency dental care for children and adolescentsContacting a dentist in an emergency for 0-17 year olds
- contact the School Dental Service. If this services is not available then
- contact your own dentist or
- if you are not registered with a dentist contact Anglesea Clinic Dental Care in Hamilton.
For acute injury and trauma contact the hospital Accident and Emergency Department.