School Dental Service
All babies, children and young people under 18 years who either live in or go to school in South Australia, can attend a School Dental Service clinic.
Dental care is free for all babies and children who haven’t started school yet, or are covered by:
- the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (Medicare)
- a Pensioner Concession Card
- a Health Care Card
- a School Card.
If your child is not covered, dental care will be $50 a year.
Any dental emergencies treated at a clinic between check-ups are also covered by this fee.
Types of service
SA Dental clinics provide a range of dental services for children. These include:
- dental check-ups
- preventive treatment to keep teeth and gums healthy
- x-rays if needed
- fissure sealants to prevent decay
- tooth removal
- root canal treatment.
Emergency dental care
Examples of a dental emergency are facial swelling, bleeding or trauma.
If your child has a dental emergency in business hours 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, contact your local dental clinic.
If your child has a dental emergency after hours, call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222.
Visit healthdirect for more information.
SA Dental - SA Health
Department for Education