Free dental care is available to teens from Year 9 to their 18th birthday from contracted dentists through the Adolescent Oral Health Service. Services include:

  • one examination every year
  • treatments for preventing or repairing dental caries (holes)
  • advice on how to care for your own teeth

When an adolescent is approaching their 18th birthday, they are eligible for a second examination in a calendar year (as long as there are 9 months between appointments).

Exceptions in 2020-2021

Eligibility for free dental care for young people who turned 18 after 25 March 2020 has been extended until 25 March 2021. This means that if you turned 18 after 25 March and have not had an oral health examination (and any associated treatment) since your 17th birthday you can still have an appointment up until 25 March 2021.

The extension was made because people who turned 18 after 25 March 2020 may have been unable to access dental care before their 18th birthday due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

This extension does not apply to 18 year-olds who have already completed a course of treatment since 26 March 2020. Your usual provider will be made aware that treatment timeframe has been extended. If you do not have a provider or have any questions please contact your closest oral health service for advice. Contact details are listed below.

Enrolment process

Year 8 students and parents or caregivers will receive an enrolment form during their last year with the infant and children's oral health service. Older adolescents can enrol directly with their preferred dentist.

Seymour Dental Centre 62 Seymour Street Blenheim

(03) 578 4203

Beattie and Gilchrist Lister Court 16 Francis Street, Blenheim

(03) 578 5135

Durrheim & Associates Lister Court 16 Francis Street, Blenheim

(03) 578 5843

Lumino The Dentists 67 Seymour Street, Blenheim

(03) 578 7726

Nelson

Munro Dental 37 Bridge St, Nelson

(03) 548 0000

Advanced Dental Centre 70 Collingwood Street, Nelson

(03) 548 4675

Quin Dental 14 New Street, Nelson

(03) 928 0121

Access Dental 122 Kawai Street, Nelson (Near Nelson Hospital)

 (03) 548 3971

Gentle Dental 32 Bridge Street, Nelson

(03) 548 4601

Dental Care Nelson 193 Rutherford Street, Nelson

(03) 548 8840

Lumino The Dentists 72 Collingwood Street, Nelson

(03) 548 3693

Nelson Dental Centre 41A Halifax Street, Nelson

(03) 548 4445

 

Stoke

StokeOne Dental Stoke 424 Main Road, Stoke

(03) 547 7725

Joyes Dental 5 Bail Street, Stoke

(03) 547 6799

Richmond

Tasman Dental Centre 355 Lower Queen Street Health, Richmond

(03) 544 6776

Dental Care Richmond 12 Salisbury Road, Richmond

(03) 543 9230

Steph Wills Dental Richmond 4 Salisbury Road, Richmond

(03) 544 5985

Richmond Dental Centre 205 Queen Street, Richmond

(03) 544 8178

Mapua

Mapua One Dental Mapua 66-68 Aranui Road, Mapua

(03) 540 3440

Pienaar Dental 20 Greenwood Street, Motueka

(03) 528 0303

Steph Wills Dental Motueka 106 High Street, Motueka

(03) 528 0032

Golden Bay Dental Centre 120 Commercial Street, Takaka

(03) 525 8340