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Free Dental Treatment for Children Fewer than 18 in New Zealand
For children under the age of 18 the Government of New Zealand has put in place the system of free basic dental treatment. The facilities are extended to all children till they reach the age of 18.
Parents looking to get free dental treatment for their children under 18 can call the Talk Teeth services available at 0800 825 583. It would be good enrolling the child as early as possible since the first free treatment commences for them at the age of one year.
What it includes
Free treatment for under 18 includes the following services.
• Regular checkups.
• X-rays and related services.
• Preventive treatment including fluoride varnishing.
• Dentists will also take care of fillings and extractions and will discolored fillings.
All Treatments are Not Free
Parents and guardians have to be careful about the services offered because all services are not free of costs. For instance; if it is a case of braces or straightening the teeth then the patient may have to pay for it. However children requiring special medical treatments such as the cleft palates can get free treatment.
Instructions for Parents
There are certain specific instructions for the parents who desire to avail the benefits of free treatment for under 18. Parents have to –
• Ensure that the child brushes his or her teeth regularly.
• The process should start as soon as they have teeth.
• They will brush the teeth with regular fluoride toothpaste.
• Amount of toothpaste should be a smear for the infants and peanut size for the grownups.
• Kids below 5 years should brush teeth twice a day, once after the breakfast and another time before going to bed.
• Parents should supervise the kid’s habit till the age of 8.
Child Teeth Care
Whereas it is imperative going for expensive dental treatment in advanced stages of dental ailments, a little care and caution on the part of the parents can prevent many of them. A whole range of basic treatments and preventives are available to children under 18 years in New Zealand. These facilities end when the child reaches the age of 18 years.
Eligibility for Child Teeth Care
When one seeks free dental care for children under 18, such person has to ensure the basic eligibility criteria for the purpose. For instance; if someone is trying to get free services to replace discolored fillings full cost of treatment may be charged if he or she is not eligible. It will not be difficult finding the eligibility criteria as the medical authorities of New Zealand issued guide books for the prospective candidates. Such guides are also available on leading health related websites.
There is some special relief for the children under the age of 13 as well. Dental education, basic treatments, and preventives are all provided free of charge for these people.
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