​ Important: COVID-19 and public dental services

Free public dental care

All children under 18 years of age can access free dental care provided by NSW Health at public dental clinics.
In addition, from July 2019 children attending participating primary schools in NSW will have access to free dental care through the NSW Health Primary School Mobile Dental Program. The program will be delivered by experienced NSW Health staff, who will be using a combination of fully equipped dental vans and portable dental equipment set up on school grounds. 

Where will the program be available?

Primary school children in Western Sydney, the Mid North Coast and the Central Coast will be among the first to benefit. For the first year of the program, schools have been prioritised based on the level of oral health risk among their students. Parents/guardians of children attending a participating school will receive a Parent Information and Consent Pack about the program before it is due to visit the school.

What to expect when your child visits a NSW Health mobile dental clinic

At their first appointment, children will receive the following care (if clinically indicated and if parents have consented):
  • a comprehensive examination
  • dental x-rays
  • dental clean
  • fluoride varnish application
  • fissure sealants
More information about what these involve can be found on the Oral health care explained page.
A review appointment may be also be scheduled within 12 months for a check-up and a second application of fluoride.

If a child needs follow-up dental care (e.g. fillings), public dental service staff will contact parents to discuss options for treatment. This may include providing further treatment at a school-based mobile dental clinic or in a local dental clinic. Parent consent is required for any further treatment.
For more information about the clinics and program, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Dental services for children at other schools

All children under 18 years of age can access free dental care provided by NSW Health at public dental clinics. Some children may also be eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. All children seen by public dental services receive the same high quality care regardless of their eligibility for CDBS and no fees are charged, even if CDBS benefits have been fully used up. To book an appointment or for more information, contact your local public dental service.
Alternatively, if your child has a regular public or private dental practitioner, you may wish to continue your child’s care with that provider. Please note that when visiting a non-NSW Health service, the costs of your child’s care may be covered by private health insurance, the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (if your child is eligible), payments made by you, or a combination of these.
Current as at: Monday 30 March 2020