Health and wellbeing

School Dental Service

Anyone under 18 can go to a School Dental Service clinic for dental care. This includes babies. You can use the dental clinic finder to find a clinic near you.

Make an appointment

Call your local clinic to make an appointment for your child. You can also use the online dental appointment request form. If you use the form an SA Dental Service clinic will phone you to make an appointment.

Let the clinic know if your child has a physical or intellectual disability. This way, you and the clinic can talk about any individual treatment needs.


Babies and children who haven’t started school

Dental care is free for all babies and children who haven’t started school yet.

Children school age and older

Dental care is free for children who are covered by:

If your child is not covered and is school age or older, dental care will be under $45 a year.

For information about costs call your local School Dental Service clinic.

Types of service

Your child's general dental care could include:

  • a dental check-up
  • information about oral health and nutrition
  • x-rays
  • teeth cleaning
  • applying fluoride and fissure sealants to prevent tooth decay
  • filling or extracting teeth
  • a referral to a dentist or dental specialist.

Find out more about oral health for children at SA Health.

Dental emergencies

Examples of a dental emergency are facial swelling, bleeding or trauma.

Business hours (8.30am to 4.30pm at most clinics)

If your child has a dental emergency in business hours, contact your local dental clinic. Use the dental clinic finder to find a clinic near you.

After hours

If your child has a dental emergency after hours, call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222.

What to do in a dental emergency

Dental emergencies, what you need to know and do - SA Health

Related information

Other websites

Dental services for children - SA Health


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