Our goal is to improve oral health for adolescents, so they can enter adulthood with a confident, healthy smile.

Starting College?

College aged children receive FREE dental care until their 18th birthday from a dentist in the community (excluding orthodontic treatment).

If your child is currently in year 8, this is the last year they will have their dental check at a Bee Healthy Dental Clinic or Mobile Van. At the beginning of year 9, your child’s dental care will be transferred to an approved adolescent dental provider*, this may include your current family dentist.

The transfer process is easy:

  • In year 8, your child will bring home a letter with the name of an approved adolescent dental provider they have chosen to continue their dental care from year 9 until they turn 18 years old (this is done with the support of their Bee Healthy dental therapist).
  • You may change to another approved adolescent dental provider or, to your current family dentist, by calling 0800 TALK TEETH (825 583). If your current family dentist is not listed in the directory below, your child’s dental care may not be free. Please discuss with your dentist.
  • Once you and your child are happy with the provider you have chosen… it’s all done! You will be contacted by your new dental provider at the start of year 9 to enrol with their practice and book an appointment.

If you are no longer at school:

Dental care is still FREE until your 18th birthday even if you are no longer at school.

Print a list of Free Dental Providers here


*Dentists contracted with the Ministry of Health to provide free dental care for teenagers.