Health and wellbeing

School Dental Service

All babies, children and young people under 18 years are welcome to attend a School Dental Service clinic for dental care. Dental care is provided by the SA Dental Service at clinics throughout Adelaide and regional centres.

Types of service

Your child's general dental care may include:

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


Dental care is free for all babies and children not yet at school.

Dental care is free for children under 18 years if they are covered by:

If a child is not covered by one of these, general and emergency dental care will cost no more than $45 a year.  

For information about fees, or to make an appointment call your local SA Dental Service School Dental Clinic

Make an appointment

Call your local clinic to make an appointment for your child or submit your details using the appointment request form and SA Dental Service will phone you to make an appointment.

Parents of children with physical or intellectual impairments are asked to discuss their child's individual treatment needs with the staff at their local School Dental Service clinic when making an appointment for dental care.

Dental emergencies

If your child has a dental emergency such as facial swelling, bleeding or trauma during business hours, contact your local dental clinic. Visit the dental clinics page to find your local clinic. 

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

For further information about healthdirect, see the SA Health healthdirect page

For more general information, see dental emergencies, what you need to know and do.



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