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Oral (Dental) Health

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Public oral health (dental) services can be accessed by all children 0-18 years of age who reside within the Local Health District. For children to access dental services they must be listed on a current Medicare Card. Child oral health services are provided primarily by Dental and Oral Health Therapists.

Hunter New England's Oral Health Service is committed to improving access to oral health services for Aboriginal people.

Oral Health Parent and Carer Resources.

What services are provided?

Oral health services provided for children may include:

  • Emergency care
  • Examinations
  • General treatment
  • Preventative treatment
  • Managed care and recalls
  • Specialists referrals (Special needs)
Video resources

Dental Health Check for Kids

Brushing your child's teeth and signs of decay

How to brush - 0 to 5

How to brush - 6 to 12

Dental Clinic Locations
  • Beresfield
    Beresfield Public School
    Boomerang St, Beresfield
  • Raymond Terrace
    Level 1 Raymond Terrace Health Centre
    4 Jacaranda Av, Raymond Terrace
  • Cessnock
    Cessnock Health Campus
    View St, Cessnock
  • Scone
    Scone Public School
    Hill St, Scone
  • Maitland
    Maitland Hospital
    High St, Maitland
  • Singleton
    King St Public School
    Sussex St, Singleton
  • Muswellbrook
    Muswellbrook Hospital
    Rogers St, Muswellbrook
  • Toronto
    Westlakes Community Health
    6 James St, Toronto
  • Nelson Bay
    Cnr Gowrie and Kerrigan Av
    Nelson Bay
  • Wallsend
    Wallsend Health Campus
    Longworth Av, Wallsend
  • Newcastle
    Level 2 8/670 Hunter St
  • Windale
    Eastlakes Community Health Campus
    South St, Windale
Accessing services

A referral is not necessary to access oral health services.

Hunter New England Local Health District provides free dental care (for all children under 18 who are listed on a Medicare Card) and participates in the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. For further details parents and carers can call the Oral Health Contact Centre on 1300 651 625.

Child health professionals can provide a referral to oral health services through  the Early Childhood Oral Health (ECOH) Program this encourages health professionals to regularly check for signs of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) – a preventable and chronic disease – by simply ‘lifting the lip’.

For Hunter New England Local Health District staff, ECOH Referrals can be made on via http://intranet.hne.health.nsw.gov.au/oral_health_ereferral.