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Western 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 student turns eighteen.

When the year eight students have chosen a dentist, their choice will be entered into the Titanium data base by the Therapist at the student'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. 


College Mobile Dental Services - WBOP

Within the Western BOP there are different contracting College Adolescent Mobile Dental Services that are also available to students at their college.

These are:

  • Tauranga Boys, Tauranga Girls, and were the service is provided by the Mobile Adolescent Dental Service.
    For more information phone 027 298 9741 or go to: www.temanutoroa.org.nz/dental/teenage
  • Otumoetai College and Papamoa College were the service is provided by the Mobile Adolescent Dental Service . For more information phone 027 807 2038 or go to: www.temanutoroa.org.nz/dental/teenage
  • Te Puke High School has a service provided by Te Manu Toroa. This service is contracted to work with the high risk adolescents and alternative education youth.
    For more information phone 07 574 0214 or for the Mobile Dental Surgery 027 591 4820
  • Te Manu Toroa Kaupapa Maori Dental Service is also available in the Western Bay of Plenty Kura Kaupapa Maori (Maori language schools).
    See their website: www.temanutoroa.org.nz
  • Mount Maunganui College has a dental service provided by Dental Associates Papamoa Mobile Dental Service for the contacting Dentist John Falkiner phone 07 574 3844. 

For any further information phone: BOPDHB 07 557 5527

 

Back-up treatment for the College Mobile Dental Providers

Written communication should be provided to all the parents /caregivers of students who have enrolled with the College Mobile Dental Providers.

This communication should clearly outline where students enrolled with the College Mobile Dental Providers can receive back-up treatment during periods when their College Mobile Dental service is not available at their college. 

  • The Mobile Adolescent Dental Service covering Tauranga Boys, Tauranga Girls, Papamoa College and Otumoetai College; phone 027 298 9741 or 027 807 2038. For back-up treatment when the service is not at the college back-up treatment will be available at Pyes Pa Dental Service, phone 07-577 1477.
  • Te Manu Toroa Kaupapa Maori Service covering Te Puke High School. For back up treatment when  the service is not at the college, Phone: 07 5740 214 or for the Mobile Dental Surgery 027 591 4820
  • Bay Mobile Dental Service Mount Maunganui College. This service is provided by Russell Emerson.  Contact for Russell, Phone: 0800 GO TEETH (0800 468 338)

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 Western BOP contact list or phone 0800 Talk Teeth 0800 825 583 .

 

Tranferring Year 8 Students to a Conrtracting Dentist

Information for Parents/Caregivers


During year 8, 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 student turns eighteen.

When they have their final visit with the school dental therapist the year 8 students 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 

Last updated: November 21, 2019