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Tooth Structure

The part of the tooth that is usually visible over the gum is called the crown and the part that is attached to the gum is called the root. Enamel is the outer calcified tissue layer covering the crown of the tooth. It is one of the hardest substances in the body.

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YOUR ORAL HEALTH : TEENS

Introduction

Did you know that dental care is free for teenagers until you turn 18 years of age?

Make sure you take advantage of this FREE service while you can! This service may not be available at your school dental clinics. It is provided mostly by private dentists that are contracted by district health boards. Basic and necessary dental care is provided free under this service. This does not include orthodontic care, tooth whitening or accidents which would normally be covered by ACC. Certain treatments, such as white fillings, might not be free. Make sure you check with your dentist to find out what they provide free. 

To find out more about this free service including the names of contracted dentist please ring the toll free number 0800 TALK TEETH/ 0800 825 583.

You can also get further information from the region-specific email addresses below

Auckland, Waitemata and Counties Manukau DHBs
Corinna Wylie
Email:

Hawkes Bay DHB
Johanna Wilson
Email:

Whanganui

Cheryl Henderson
Email:

Mid-central
Mahashweta Patel
Email:

Hutt Valley, Capital & Coast DHBs
Private Bag 31-907
Lower Hutt
Email: 

Nelson Marlborough DHB
Public Health
PO Box 647
Nelson
Email:
Canterbury, South Canterbury and West Coast DHBs
PO Box 731, 239 Antigua Street
Christchurch
Email:
Otago DHB
57 Hanover Street
PO Box 5144
Dunedin
Email: