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 Alert Level 1 and 2.
If you need to make an appointment please call us on 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583).
If your child has a dental appointment and they are sick, please call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) to let us know and we will reschedule their appointment, or if they require urgent dental care, we will arrange for additional precautions to be in place at their appointment.
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.
Dental Care for Injuries or Accidents
If your child or teenager needs dental care because of an injury or accident, contact an Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) registered private practice dentist to arrange an appointment. The cost of accident or injury related dental care for under 18s is covered by ACC, however some dentist may charge you an additional fee so please ask about this when making an appointment. At the appointment, the dentist will submit an ACC claim on your behalf. Visit the ACC website to find out more.
Bee Healthy is not an ACC registered provider thus unable to provide dental care for accident or injury related dental issues.