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, Mana and Kāpiti Coast).
At Alert Level 2, Bee Healthy is providing routine dental care services including dental examinations and treatments, as well as dental mobile visits to schools.
Call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) if you have need to make an dental appointment or have any queries.
If your child has an appointment, Bee Healthy will contact you to conduct screening on the morning of their appointment. When you arrive for an appointment, please phone the number on the door of the Dental Hub to let us know you have arrived and a Bee Healthy staff member will attend to you. To maintain physical distancing, you may be asked to wait in your car until your appointment, if the waiting room is full.
If your child is unwell and has an appointment, please call us so we can rebook their appointment for a later date, when they are feeling better.
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.