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

The Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) provides free dental services to children from birth to Year 8.

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Auckland Regional Dental Service provides free dental assessments and care from birth to children up to Year 8. It operates from 83 dental facilities across the greater Auckland area; these facilities include a mixture of fixed clinics, transportable dental units and dental vans.  Adolescent dental services are provided by contracting dentists from Year 9  until their 18th birthday.

Regardless of whether adolescents are at school, in paid employment or not they are still entitled to free dental services. For more information about adolescent dental care or to find a contracting dentist near you please check or phone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583).


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).  

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