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School Children

What to expect at my school-aged child’s dental appointment

When and Where

School children are seen at least once a year, by a oral health or dental therapist, either at a mobile clinic at their school or at their nearest clinic. You do not need to wait for the mobile to turn up to your school.  School children refer to all children up to and including Year 8.  You can call 0800 MY TEETH (0800 698 3384) or click here to make an appointment.  [online enrolment form coming soon]  We encourage parents to attend appointments with their children.


Mouth Exam

Your oral health or dental therapist will examine the teeth using a mirror, probe and light. If there are any concerns with the way the teeth are growing, your therapist will discuss options with you.


Bitewing x-rays will be offered to all school-aged children. These x-rays will help your oral health or dental therapist identify tooth decay earlier.


Preventing Decay

The oral health or dental therapist may apply fissure sealant to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and/or fluoride varnish. This will prevent tooth decay, particularly in those hard to reach places.

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

If the oral health or dental therapist identifies any staining, calculus or tooth decay they will discuss treatment options with you. Consent will need to be obtained from you before we will undertake any further treatment procedures.  

For more information about common dental treatments click here.
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