School holiday dental services for toddlers, children & adolescents
29/03/2017 8:34:22 a.m.

Wednesday 29 March 2017

School holiday dental services for toddlers, children & adolescents

Lakes DHB is hoping lots of parents and caregivers take advantage of the dental clinics that will be open over the school holidays.

The drop in dental clinic at Western Heights Health Centre on Brookland Road is hoping to see lots of pre-schoolers and younger children. People can just turn up with their children between the hours of 8am and 4pm to see a dental therapist.

A mobile dental van with two therapists will be at the Western Heights Health Centre for the fortnight of the April school holidays (Tuesday 18 April to Friday 28 April 2017). 

Lakes DHB Community Oral Health Service Manager Juan Restrepo says it’s important for pre-schoolers to enrol with the Community Oral Heath Service and have their first visit to the dental therapist by the time they are one year old.

Dental clinics at Selwyn Primary School and Rotorua Intermediate School will also be open for appointments over the April school holidays. Please ring the clinic for an appointment.

Juan Restrepo says the focus of the Community Oral Health Service is to prevent dental disease from an early age and a big part of prevention is showing parents and caregivers how to look after their pre-schoolers and children’s teeth.

The Community Oral Health Service is FREE for all children aged 0 up until their 18th birthday.

In the past Lakes DHB has not been able to staff dental services over the holidays, but is pleased to be able to offer the services. Juan Restrepo says many people needing to take the school holidays off to look after their children are able to taken them to the dental therapist at the same time. Last year’s trial services during the school holidays worked well.


What: Three dental treatment options in Rotorua
When: Tuesday 18 April to Friday 28 April 2017
Drop in dental option: Western Heights Health Centre
Clinics open: Weekdays 8.00am to 4.00pm
Other options: Selwyn Primary School (07-348 2650) or Rotorua Intermediate School (07-347 1495) - PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT