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Dental services for children and teenagers

Child and Adolescent Oral Health Services (School Dental Service)

Queensland Health provides oral health care for children and teenagers through Child and Adolescent Oral Health Services, which in some areas are known as the School Dental Service.

General dental care and emergency dental care are available free of charge to all eligible children and young people in Queensland. This includes appointments for check-ups, preventive care, fillings and toothaches or accidents or emergencies.


To be eligible for public oral health services, all children and young people must be:

  • a Queensland resident, or attending a school in Queensland; and
  • be eligible for Medicare; and
  • aged four years or older and have not completed year 10.

Children younger than four or who have completed year 10 may still be eligible for free public oral health care if they are:

Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a Commonwealth-funded scheme that covers part or the full cost of certain dental services for children.

  • To check whether you or your child is eligible to be able to claim benefits, visit the Child Dental Benefits Schedule website.
  • You can use your CDBS benefit at a private dental practice or a Queensland Health dental clinic.
  • To use your CDBS benefit at a Queensland Health dental clinic, CDBS benefits must be assigned to Queensland Health. The treating clinician will explain the recommended treatment plan and ask you to complete a Bulk Billing Consent Form before starting care.

More information about eligibility for public oral health services can be found in the Oral Health Services Eligibility Guideline (PDF 944 kB).

How to make an appointment

Contact your nearest Queensland Health dental clinic to make an appointment. Search the list of dental clinics here. In some areas, you will need to call a contact centre to arrange an appointment.

Frequently asked questions

Question: What do I do if my child has a toothache?

Question: Will I need to pay for care?

Question: What services are offered by Child and Adolescent Oral Health Services?

Question: Where will my child be seen?

Question: How will I know when it is my child’s turn for dental care?

Question: Do I need to attend dental appointments with my child?

Question: What if my child participates in home education or distance education?

Last updated: 5 April 2019