Babies | Te Whatu Ora - Te Tai Tokerau


Babies born in the Northland Region are registered with the oral health service at birth. Children are due for their first oral health appointment at six months old and are seen by a oral health or dental therapist at their nearest oral health clinic every year from their 1st birthday. You can call 0800 MY TEETH  (0800 698 3384) or click here to make an appointment.  

What to expect at my Baby's first dental visit

When and Where

We like to see babies for their first oral health appointment when they turn one. This could be an appointment in one of our fixed or mobile clinics.

Click here to an book appointment or for open clinics.

Mouth Exam

Babies will sit on their parent’s knee while the oral health or dental therapist will check how their teeth are coming through. If there is anything of concern e.g. tongue tie, your dental therapist will discuss options with you.


Preventing Decay

If baby has enough teeth, the oral health or dental therapist may offer to apply fluoride varnish, to keep the teeth protected.


Tips and Tricks

The oral health or dental therapist will demonstrate correct cleaning techniques for baby’s first teeth and share tips to keep their teeth strong and healthy. You will be able to ask/discuss any questions you may have.

For more information about common dental treatments click here.

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