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Department of Health and Aged Care: Dental Health

Having healthy teeth, mouth and gums is important for your general health and wellbeing. It means you can eat, drink and speak without pain or discomfort. Find out what we’re doing to support dental health services in Australia.

NSW Health: Public dental services

All children (under 18 years of age) who are NSW residents are eligible for public dental services in NSW.

Adult NSW residents must be eligible for Medicare and be listed on one of the following Australian Government concession cards:

  • Health Care Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

Additional eligibility criteria may apply for dental specialist services or dental services provided in a hospital.

All patients should be prepared to show their Medicare card and/or concession card when they visit a public dental clinic.


The Australian Dental Association (ADA) is the peak national body for dentists.

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