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HealthInfo West Coast-Te Tai Poutini

Dental care for adults

While dental care in New Zealand is free for anyone aged under 18, after your 18th birthday you must pay for your own dental check-ups and most dental care by seeing a private dentist. You can find a private dentist on the West Coast on the Dental Council of New Zealand's website.

Tips for getting the most out of your dental care

Seeing a dentist for regular check-ups will save you a lot of money and trouble, and will help to keep your teeth looking good and working well.

Toothache and urgent dental care


If your teeth are damaged as result of an accident, see your normal dentist. ACC will pay for part of the treatment for teeth damaged in accidents but you will have to pay some of the cost. Phone 0800-101-996 for more information.

Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Page created August 2015.

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