New School Dental Clinics To Open In Waitemata

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Three new school dental clinics are set to open in Waitemata this month; schoolchildren in the area, which covers northern and western Auckland, will have access to brand new dental facilities.

The three new clinics mark the final stage of an investment of $12.3 million by the Waitemata District Health Board; the health board set up a three-year programme to improve access to dental care for children and families in the region.

Dr Dale Bramley, CEO of the Waitemata District Health Board, said that good oral health is an essential part of general health and wellbeing and investing in oral health will set children up for good overall health in later life.

The new clinics will open in Glen Eden, Westgate and Birkenhead and the openings will take the total number of new and improved school dental clinics to eleven in the district. Six dental vans and 15 mobile units will also be covering the area.

Dr Bramley said that the clinics have opened in central locations to make them accessible for parents and children, but dental vans and transportable units are in place to serve more remote areas.

In total the new facilities will provide care for up to 92,000 children.

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