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This section introduces you to everything related to Oral Health up and down the West Coast.

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Introducing Oral Health Services

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.

Pre-School Dental Services

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) OR (03) 769 7710.

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Children aged 5 to Year 8 of school

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.

For a list of the Service Arrangements by school click here

This service is provided only during school terms.  When schools are closed, you can contact a dentist directly for emergency dental care.

For more information about the child dental services, see the Let's Talk Teeth website. You can also phone us on 0800 825 583 or (03) 769 7710.

Adolescent Dental Services from school Year 9 until your 18th Birthday

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 Buller Region (including Reefton)

Westport Dental Clinic
Beata Migda
141 Palmerston Street
Ph: (03) 789 8901

Robyn Murray
Dental Therapist
Ph: 0800 825 583, After office hours: for pain management or any other urgent matters call mobile: 027 886 2783

Greymouth

Family Dental Centre
38 Albert Mall
Greymouth
Ph: (03) 768 6243

Lumino The Dentists
140 Mackay Street
Ph: (03) 768 6717

Greymouth Dental Centre
28 Guinness Street
Ph: (03) 768 7418

Greymouth, Cobden, Grey Valley

Raewyn McLeod
Dental Therapist
Ph: 0800 825 583, After office hours: for pain management or any other urgent matters call: 027 237 0029

Hokitika, Westland Region

Sue Allen
Dental Therapist
Ph: 0800 825 583 - After office hours: for pain management or any other urgent matters call or text mobile: 027 451 6381

More information...

For more information about the free dental services for teens see the Ministry of Health website: www.letstalkteeth.co.nz and/or the Free Dental Care for Teens web-section provided by the Canterbury DHB.

or call our toll free number:
0800-TALK TEETH

School Dental Service Reception
Hours: 8:30am - 12:30pm
(03) 769 7710 or 0800 825 583

0800 TALK TEETH

Contacts

School Dental Service Reception
Hours: 8:30am - 12:30pm
(03) 769 7710 or 0800 825 583

Documents

The following are documents with information you might find useful.

Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Teeth friendly snacks

(Taken from Ministry of Health's
Let's Talk Teeth website)

  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Raw vegetables
  • Unsweetened & unsalted popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Yoghurt

A glass of something

Get your child to drink a glass of water after having a sweet drink. Even though diet drinks do not contain sugar, if they are acidic, like a diet cola, they can cause erosion of your child's teeth. The best drinks for your child's teeth are water and milk.

Most other drinks have sugar in them, although in some drinks, the sweetness is from natural sugar, like in pure fruit juice. Save sweet drinks for mealtimes (if at all), and use a straw. Encourage your child to choose water - it's fresh and free!