Community Oral Health

Community Oral Health provides free oral health services for eligible children residing in the Waikato District Health Board area. Coordinators assist with access to free care for pre-schoolers and adolescents. 

Services for children and young people include:

  • Free services for children from birth to Year 8
  • Services for adolescents – free care from Year 9 until your 18th birthday (through contracted dentists)

See details about these services below.

Eligibility:  Services are free from birth to your 18th birthday.
However if you are not a New Zealand citizen, you need to meet eligibility criteria for publicly-funded health and disability services. 

Visit link). To enrol you may need to provide proof of eligibility such as your child’s passport and parent’s visa documents or citizenship certificate 

Free services for children from birth to Year 8

Children’s dental services include free dental checks, preventing and repairing decay if required. 

Our staff regularly visit many early childhood centres and schools across the region.

Hours of Service
8.15am – 4.15pm Monday to Friday during school terms. 
Some clinics may be earlier or later and during school holidays.
Phone the appointment number below for details. 


Community dental clinics (wheelchair access available)

Mobile dental unitMobile dental clinic (no wheelchair access) - please check with your school or with the service for the 2014 schedule

Contact information

Enrolments:     Phone 07 859 9160 or email
Appointments: Phone 07 859 9160
Information:     0800 TALK TEETH or 0800 825 583

Postal Address
Community Oral Health
Private Bag 3200
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

Services for adolescents – free care from Year 9 until your 18th birthday

Under 18?Waikato DHB has contracts with dentists for FREE dental care for adolescents until their 18th birthday. 
If enrolled, you will be booked for a free dental check every 12 months and free treatments for preventing or repairing decay.

Enrolments:     Phone 07 859 9160 or email
Information:  0800 TALK TEETH or 0800 825 583, or visit link)

Useful links and resources

  • Wish for a smile(external link) - Waikato orthodontists are participants in this programme. The Wish For A Smile Trust is a public health initiative of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO). The trust aims to make specialist orthodontic treatment available to young New Zealanders who would otherwise be unable to access orthodontic care.
  • Let's talk teeth(external link) - Ministry of Health web pages on healthy teeth and gums - a section for parents and caregivers, and a section for young people.
  • Healthy Smiles website(external link) - Healthy Smiles is the New Zealand Dental Association website for the public, students, teachers, health professionals and the media
  • Becoming a dental therapist(external link) - career and training information on the NZ Government's Careers website

Emergency care for adults (18+ years of age)

Services are available for Community Service card holder access to emergency dental care for relief of pain and infection. Contact your dentist or the local WINZ office(external link) for details.

For a list of Waikato dentists offering this service, go to our Primary health care/Dental care page.

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