www.ards.co.nz P: 0800 825 583
The Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) - FREE dental care from birth to 17 years
The Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) operates across the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB), Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) and the Waitemata District Health Board (Waitemata DHB) catchment areas. Free dental care is available for children from birth to their 18th birthday and includes dental examinations and x-rays, preventative treatments and treatment of dental caries, which may include fillings. Dental treatment is provided by different dental providers depending on a child's age.
Children from birth to school year 8 - provided through the Children's Community Dental Service - phone 0800 TALK TEETH or find clinics here in your area
Children from school year 0 to their 18th birthday - provided by specific dental practices within communities and mobile dental services at high schools and colleges.
Enrolment with ARDS
All babies born in Auckland's main hospitals are automatically registered with the Auckland Regional Dental service. Your child will be invited to a dental appointment when they are about 1 year old.
If your child is new to Auckland or new to New Zealand they may not be registered with ARDS. To enrol/register your child visit www.ards.co.nz or phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583).