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Eastern Bay of Plenty

The Year Eight Transfer Process

Youth from age thirteen until they turn eighteen are still entitled to their free basic dental care from dentists who are contracted with the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB).

Using this FREE service ensures that they enter adulthood with a bright, healthy smile, which may reduce the need for expensive care after they turn eighteen.

During year eight, before students complete their final treatment with the Community Dental Service at school, they will be given a list of dentists who will be able to provide free basic care until the youth turns eighteen.

When the year eight child have chosen a dentist, their choice will be entered into the (Titanium data base) by the Dental Therapist at the child's last visit. The Adolescent Oral Health Promoter will receive these year eight students' details from the data base at the end of that year.

These details will be transferred to the chosen dentists in mid-January the following year.  These dentists will then work through their transfer list and invite the students to enrol with them for treatment. 


  • For further information phone the BOPDHB on 0800 Talk Teeth (0800 825 583)


Dental care when leaving school before age eighteen

Free basic dental care is available for all youth below the age of eighteen if they are enrolled in school or if they no longer attend school.


Youth wanting to receive free treatment before their 18th birthday

Please contact a dentist from the Eastern BOP Contact List or phone 0800 Talk Teeth (0800 825 583).


Transferring Year 8 Students to a Contracting Dentist

Information for Parents/Caregivers:


During year 8, before children complete their final treatment with the Community Dental Service, they will be given a list of dentists who will be able to provide free basic care until the child turns eighteen.

When they have their final visit with the school dental therapist the child will be asked if they know the name of the dentist in their community they want to be transferred to for ongoing free care, until they turn eighteen.

Please advise your child about the name of your family dentist. If you are unsure about the dentist you wish them to use, please refer to the list here. 


Emergency Dental Services for children and adolescents

Contact your local oral health provider. If this service is unavailable (eg. Closed due to school holidays):

  • Contact 0800 TALK TEETH- 0800 825 583 for information about open holidays clinics
  • Contact your own family dentist

If you are not registered with a dentist then contact a dentist from the list of providers of Emergency Dental Care for Children and Adolescents here.


Resource: It's easy to protect your family's smile

For futher resources on Oral Health-
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Last updated: August 29, 2018