Children 0 – 4 Years

Children can be enrolled for free dental visits from birth. It is important to look after baby teeth as decay can affect a child’s eating, their speech and development, and may even affect their adult teeth as well.

The Taranaki Community Oral Health Service provides oral health care, promotion and treatment services for:

  • Pre-schoolers from birth until they start school

Children requiring treatment that cannot be provided by the Community Oral Health Service are referred to either a private dentist or the Taranaki DHB Hospital Dental Unit.

Orthodontic treatment is not funded or provided by the Taranaki DHB. The Taranaki Community Oral Health Service provides annual dental checks and treatment.

How to enroll a child for dental treatment

  • For more information about the Community Oral Health Service available for children 0 to 4 years and how to enroll your child in the services, phone:

    0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583)

    and Press 1.

    lets talk teeth
  • Visit for more information on how to care for children’s teeth and protect their smile for life
  • The dental staff will contact you by phone or send an appointment card in the mail. If the time does not suit please contact the clinic to change the appointment


Last updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018

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