Although Te Whatu Ora Waitaha dental department provides specialist dental care to people in the Canterbury region, it is also a tertiary referral centre for the West Coast and Nelson and Marlborough regions.
Te Whatu Ora West Coast funds and provides tooth care services for children and adolescents, including examinations, x-rays, fillings and extractions.
Kids younger than 5 get free regular check-ups and treatment. This service includes fluoride varnishes to protect teeth at risk of decay.
We encourage parents, guardians and whānau to enrol their children for regular dental care. Get a registration form by contacting us directly, or talking to your Well Child Tamariki Ora provider.
Dental therapists provide free check-ups to primary and intermediate-aged school children through community and mobile clinics. If your child needs more advanced dental work, the therapist will refer them to a private dentist.
This service is provided during school terms. When schools are closed you can contact a dentist directly.
Most teenagers are eligible for free dental care until their 18th birthday – regardless of whether you are at school, working, or unemployed.
You can choose a dentist from the list below, or you can stay with the dental therapist you saw at primary or intermediate school. This can be useful for people who have to travel a long way to see a dentist.
(Providing free adolescent dental care and special dental benefit referrals)
Page last updated: 20 February 2023
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