Oral Health Services for Adolescents

The Oral Health Services for Adolescents (OHSA) is a Government service that provides free basic oral health services to children from school year 9, until their 18th birthday.

Children aged 0 to school Year 8 will need to see a dental nurse, if the treatment needed is beyond the nurse’s scope of expertise, the child will be given a dental nurse referral, we can then see these patients and this will be covered by the government.

Services for basic dental treatment, such as check-ups, x-rays, cleaning, fillings and extractions are included in the OHSA. If a child needs extra treatments, they will be referred to a separate dental health provider. Most treatments will still be free, but additional services such as orthodontics are likely to incur fees that are not covered by the scheme.

Key Features

The program offers a free “Teeth Tune-up” for all New Zealand children from school year 9, until their 18th birthday which includes:

Check-ups involving a routine examination, checking teeth for decay and looking at gums and mouth for any problems.

X-rays to find tooth decay and other problems that can’t be seen.
Fluoride treatment to help make the surface of the teeth more resistant to decay.
Fissure sealants painted on to teeth that are at risk of developing tooth decay.
Cleaning to remove plaque, staining and tartar from teeth.
Fillings to restore teeth that have been affected by tooth decay.
Extractions to remove teeth that have been badly affected by tooth decay.

To find out more information on the scheme or how to access it contact our practice.