A healthy mouth affects a child’s development – helping them to eat and speak properly and later in life, a healthy smile will help with confidence and self-esteem.
Teeth need to be looked after from the day they arrive – this includes brushing, regular check-ups, choosing healthy snacks and choosing milk and water over other beverages.
We are lucky here in New Zealand, children are entitled to free basic oral health services from birth to 17 years of age – right up until their 18th birthday.
You should enroll your child with your local Community Oral Health Service at birth or as soon as possible after that. Your midwife, doctor or Plunket nurse will be able to help you to enroll your child. The service is free and supports you and your whānau to care for your child’s teeth
How to enroll:
It’s easy to enroll – just call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583). They will guide you through what you need to do and send you the right forms for you to fill in.
Your child’s teeth are at risk of tooth decay (holes) as soon as their teeth appear – this is usually at around 6 months. Tooth decay is easy to prevent by:
Standard treatments are free and include:
Referral for extra treatments
If your child needs extra treatments, you’ll be referred to another oral health service provider.
Don’t wait for dental problems to arise; take your child for regular check-ups. Your dental therapist or dentist will let you know how often you need to take your child.
Remember, dental check-ups for young children mean problems are recognised and treated early.
A selection of Lumino practices provides private dental services for kids where they can receive treatment for all their dental needs. These dental treatments range from basic fillings as a part of the national free dental care service to orthodontics at a cost to the patient.
Our Lumino dentists can also provide additional work that is required beyond the free dental treatments that kids and teens receive from providers of the Ministry of Education Free Oral Health Services Agreement.