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 will be providing routine dental care services including dental examinations and treatments as well as dental mobile visits to schools.
If your child had a dental appointment postponed during COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and 4, Bee Healthy will contact you soon to reschedule their appointment.
If you have concerns about your child’s teeth, phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) and we will assess your child’s dental concern over the phone. If required, we will schedule a dental appointment for them at a Bee Healthy Dental Hub. Children with dental issues, or at higher risk of developing dental issues, will be given priority for both examinations and treatments as we work through the backlog of children who require Bee Healthy services.
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.