Lakes DHB Community Oral Health Service (COHS)

About the Lakes DHB Community Oral Health Service (COHS)

Lakes DHB community oral health services are for all children and adolescents (aged 0 to your 18th birthday) and it’s FREE.

The focus of the service is on seeing babies and children early to support parents to look after their baby’s and children’s teeth and prevent tooth decay. It’s essential children are enrolled as early as possible.

Healthy teeth play an important role in a child’s development and a healthy mouth and teeth are important for a child’s health and well being for the rest of their life.

Services are delivered at nine newly refurbished, modern dental clinics, six in Rotorua, two in Taupo and one in Turangi. There are also five state of the art mobile dental vans which travel to different sites throughout the region.

To enroll or for more information ring your closest clinic listed below or 0800 Lakes Teeth (0800 525 378) or text 027 578 0275 


Babies and children

Babies can be enrolled with the service from birth and should have their first visit to the dental therapist before they are one year old.

School children are usually enrolled through their school.

To enroll or for more information ring your closest clinic listed below or 0800 Lakes Teeth (0800 525 378) or text 027 578 0275 



Adolescents are eligible for FREE oral health care until they turn 18 years old. This is regardless of whether they are enrolled at school, working, unemployed, or students outside of school.

From year 9, adolescents can choose either a dentist or the Community Oral Health Service for FREE care until their 18th birthday.

To enrol or for more information ring your closest clinic listed below or 0800 Lakes Teeth (0800 525 378) or text 027 578 0275 

Click here for a list of dentists who provide free services for adolescents.



There are nine fixed clinics and five mobile dental clinics in the Lakes DHB area. Eight clinics have been fully refurbished and one clinic has been newly built.

Rotorua Dental Services
Lynmore School                               Iles Rd                 345 9750
Mokoia Intermediate                         Brent Rd               345 6670
Rotorua Intermediate                        Malfroy Rd            347 1495
Selwyn School                                Old Quarry Rd       348 2650
Westbrook Primary School               362 Malfroy Rd      347 6242
Western Heights Primary School      Clayton Rd            348 7759


Taupo Dental Services
Taupo Hospital Campus,                    Kotare Street          378 9470
Taupo Primary School                        Tamamutu St         378 7473
Turangi Tongariro School                   Waipara Road         386 8690

Other schools are serviced by the mobile dental caravans. For more information ring your closest clinic or 0800 Lakes Teeth (0800 525 378) or text 027 578 0275 



 See below for contact details for staff in the Community Oral Health Service.  There are 21 dental therapists, 12 dental assistants and two oral health educators (one based in Taupo and one in Rotorua).

0800 Lakes Teeth (0800 525 378)

Call for any queries about where to access oral health care for children and adolescents up until their 18th birthday.

For more information about caring for your child’s teeth go to:


Mobile clinics currently visit the following schools: 

Broadlands School                                    Glenholme School
Kaharoa School                                        Kaingaroa Forest School
Kaitao Middle School                                Kawaha Point School
Lake Rerewhakaaitu School                      Lake Rotoma
Malfroy School                                         Mamaku School
Mihi School                                              Ngakuru School
Ngongotaha School                                  Otonga School
Reporoa College                                       Reporoa School
Rotokawa School                                      Rotorua Primary School
St Marys School                                       Sunset Primary School
Te Kura o Te Whakarewarewa                    Upper Atiamuri School
Waikite Valley School                                Whangamarino School

Hilltop School                                             Kuratau School
Mangakino Area School                              Marotiri School
Mountview School                                      St Patrick's School
Taupo-nui-a-tia College                               Waipahihi School
Wairakei School                                          Whakamaru School



 Lakes DHB has a pro-fluoridation policy.  

Click here to read the statement that was endorsed by Lakes District Health Board at its November 2015 meeting.   This statement updates the original statement approved at the 18 May 2012 meeting of Lakes DHB.




Click on the person's name to send them an e-mail:

Designation and Work Area
Contact Ext

Oral Health Manager

Juan Restrepo

07 349 7955 ext 8504 

Clinical Director Of Oral Health Services Dr Katie Ayers


Dental Support Officer

Ronda Ogle

07 343 7762 ext 7762 

Professional Advisor

Rena O'Connell

07 349 7955 ext 8503

Dental Health Educator Pinenga Te Are

07 349 7955 ext 8031

Dental Educator - Taupo

Annette Thomas

07 376 1000 ext 5932