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 (publicly funded) dental care for children in the Greater Wellington Region (Wellington, Hutt Valley, Mana and Kāpiti Coast).
Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service is able to provide the full range of FREE dental care services including general dental examinations, routine care, and school mobile dental visits under all levels of the COVID-19 Traffic Lights System (COVID-19 Protection Framework).
If you need to make an appointment, update your details or have inquires please call us on 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583).
If your child has a non-urgent dental appointment and they are sick or your household is isolating, please call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) to let us know and we will reschedule their appointment.
If your child requires urgent dental care, please call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) to discuss your concerns and if needed, we can arrange an appointment to see them. Please also advise us if they are sick or your household is isolating so we can take additional precautions, should they require an appointment.
For more information about dental care for children including how to enrol, eligibility, urgent dental care etc. please click here.
Wellington Regional Water Fluoridation
With fluoride temporarily removed from water supplies in Porirua, Wellington City and Upper Hutt, we encourage our communities to be vigilant with oral health care at home. This includes brushing teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste (spit don't rinse after brushing to get maximum benefit for teeth) and avoid drinking any sugary drinks. Tap water is still the best drink for thirst.
If you are concerned about your child’s teeth, you can contact us on 0800 talk teeth (0800 825 583).
We apply fluoride varnish at least once a year to most children’s teeth. If necessary, our service can supplement this on a case-by-case basis.
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 more information and 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.