Dental services for children

The School Dental Service offers dental services for all children under 18 years who live or go to school in South Australia. Dental services are provided by teams of dentists, dental therapists and dental assistants at clinics throughout South Australia. For more information, see who can attend SA Dental Service clinics for more information.

Dental care is free for all babies, all children not yet at school and most children and young people under 18 years.

The best time for a child's first dental check up is between 12 and 18 months age. For tips on looking after your child's teeth visit dental care for children.

Make an appointment

Keep your teen smiling. Make an appointment with the School Dental ServiceCall your local clinic to make an appointment for your child or submit your details using the appointment request form and we will phone you to make an appointment.  

Find your local clinic

Use the dental clinics page to find your local clinic.

Children with special needs

If you have a child with special needs please speak to our clinic staff about treatment options or concerns.


Tell us if you need an interpreter, so one can be available at your child's appointment.

Emergency dental care

If your child has an dental emergency such as facial swelling, bleeding or trauma, during business hours, please contact one of our clinics, use the dental clinics page to find a clinic.

If your child has an emergency after hours, call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222. For further information about healthdirect visit the SA Health healthdirect page.

For more information visit dental emergencies, what you need to know and do.

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