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The West Coast DHB funds and provides dental services for children and adolescents throughout the West Coast.
The main services provided are:
- Child dental care: free dental care for children from 12 month to Year 8 of school, provided through community and mobile clinics.
- Adolescent dental care: free dental care for teens from Year 9 of school until 18 years of age. Services are predominantly provided by private dentists who are contracted with the WCDHB, services are also provided through mobile clinics in rural areas.
- Hospital dental services: free for children requiring dental treatment under a general anaesthetic that can not be managed in a primary setting. Requires referral through the child dental service.
Services are provided for three different groups ranging from birth to Year 8 of school.
- Pre-school children (0-5 yrs)
- Children aged 5 to Year 8 of school
- Adolescents (from year 9 until their 18th birthday)
Free regular check-ups and treatment are available through this service, including topical fluoride varnishes for children at risk of tooth decay. Parents, guardians and whanau are encouraged to enrol their children for regular dental care.
Information about pre-schoolers free dental care is also available through your Well Child/Tamariki Ora Providers. Registration Forms can be obtained by either contacting us directly, or through your Well Child/Tamariki Ora Providers.
You can also request registration forms by calling:
0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583).
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This service includes children from school Year 1 to school Year 8 and is provided by dental therapists through community and mobile clinics.
Regular check-ups and treatment are provided. Children requiring care beyond the scope of dental therapists will be referred by the service to a private dentist.
This service is provided only during school terms. When schools are closed, you can contact a dentist directly for emergency dental care.
Most teenagers living in NZ are eligible for free dental care until turning 18 years of age - and that is whether you're at school, course, work or unemployed.
During Year 8 your dental therapist will provide a transfer form so you can choose a dentist to provide your dental care from Year 9. This service is provided by dentists and is free until you turn 18 years of age.
You can choose to stay with your dental therapist, which can be handy if you live in a rural area, and would have to travel to see the dentist. Adolescents requiring care beyond the scope of dental therapists will be referred by the service to a private dentist.
If you are not enrolled with a dentist during Year 8, you can enrol at any time before turning 18 by contacting a dentist who provides the teen dental service (for your convenience a listing of West Coast Dentists and Dental Therapists providing free dental care for adolescents has been provided in the table below).
West Coast Dentists and Dental Therapists Providing Free Dental Care for Adolescents
Westport Dental Clinic
141 Palmerston Street
Ph: (03) 789 8901
Dental Therapist (Westport)
Ph: (03) 788 8239
Dental Therapist (Greymouth)
Ph: (03) 768 5442
Family Dental Centre
38 Albert Mall
Ph: (03) 768 6243
Dr Garry Rae
140 Mackay Street
Ph: (03) 768 6717
Greymouth Dental Centre
28 Guinness Street
Ph: (03) 768 7418
Hokitika Dental Surgery
167 Fitzherbert Street
Ph: (03) 755 8417
Dental Therapist (Hokitika)
Ph: (03) 756 8047
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