ARDS - free dental service for children  P: 0800 825 583 

Visit for children's community dental clinics open during Covid-19 Alert level 3.

The Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) - FREE dental care from birth to 17 years

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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. 

View a list of adolescent contracting dental practices in the Auckland region.

View a list of schools where the adolescent mobile service operates.


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 or phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583).  

New Zealand Dental Association

Good oral health is vital for your general health and well-being. Poor oral health and pain and suffering in the mouth can have a significant impact on quality of life.  NZDA's site gives information on common dental problems, treatments and oral health care for all age groups and includes dental trauma advice.

Family Teeth Matters - education for schools and early childhood centres

Simple education that's made to be fun!

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Family Teeth Matters is a group of dentists, hygienists, psychologists, dental therapists and professionals committed to  providing free Dental  Helath Education for both parents and children.

We encourage you to become a 'Family Teeth Matters' school. FTM will  provide you with the necessary resources and a 'Free' Dental Health Project Box that can rotate through your school classrooms.

Read more: Family Teeth Matters - education for schools and early childhood centres

Auckland Dental Association 1/195 Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland. Phone: 09 580 0081 Email: