Dental care is free for children from birth until their 18th birthday…That’s something to smile about!
Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service is the community-based dental service providing free (publically-funded) dental care for children in the Greater Wellington Region (Wellington, Hutt Valley and Kapiti Coast).
COVID-19 UPDATE: Temporary Closure
Following the directive from the Dental Council of New Zealand, Bee Healthy will be closed and will not undertake routine examinations or treatments (either on the mobile treatment vans at schools or in the dental hubs) until further notice. Urgent treatments are an exception, and will still be performed.
We will review this decision regularly, and we will reopen for regular assessments and treatments as soon as we are directed to do so
If your child is in pain:
Bee Healthy will still provide urgent dental treatment if your child is in pain. Please phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) and we will book you in at the closest hub that is accepting urgent treatment.
Over the Easter holiday period (10th-13th April), if your child has severe pain, large swelling, persistent bleeding or have difficulty breathing:
Contact one of the contracted dentists listed here to book an urgent appointment. Please note, only some dentist are providing urgent dental care during COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown. For list of some of these providers click here - be aware that not all on this list provide free dental care. Enquire about cost when making an appointment.
If no urgent appointment is available, contact to your doctor (GP) and if they are closed, go to your nearest After Hours Medical Centre or Hospital Emergency Department in the case of an emergency.
If your child had an existing dental appointment as of 20/3/20:
You will be contacted by Bee Healthy (from Monday 23 March) to have your appointment either:
- Confirmed if it is for urgent dental care or
- Postponed if it is for non-urgent dental care
Bee Healthy will be contacting and confirming appointments with those requiring urgent dental care in the first instance, followed by calls to postpone those with non-urgent dental appointments.
Dental Therapists provide children an annual dental examination from their 2nd birthday onwards.
- Preschool children are seen at their nearest Dental Hub.
- School aged children receive their examination at school on a mobile van. If treatment is required, parents/caregivers are contacted by the Dental Therapist to make an appointment at their nearest Dental Hub.
Click here for information on how to enrol or book an dental appointment for preschool and school aged children.
- Teenagers receive dental care from a dentist in the community from Year 9 who will continue to provide free care* until their 18th birthday, even if you are no longer at school (*excludes orthodontic treatment).
Click here for information about accessing free dental care for college aged teenagers.