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.

Make an appointment

Make an appointment online or phone your local clinic.

There are no waiting lists for children. You will receive the next available appointment.

Let the clinic know if your child has special needs. This way, you and the clinic can talk about individual treatment needs.


Dental care is free for all babies and children who haven’t started school yet, or are covered by:

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
  • cleaning
  • preventive treatment to keep teeth and gums healthy
  • x-rays if needed
  • fissure sealants to prevent decay
  • fillings
  • 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.

Related information

Other websites

SA Dental - SA Health


Department for Education


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