Smile New Zealand - free dental days
Smile New Zealand is a joint initiative run annually by the New Zealand Dental Association and Southern Cross Health Trust.
As part of this intitative, low income adults were eligible for free dental treatment in September 2017. People who hold a community services card and have urgent dental problem but are struggling to see a dentist received free dental care by volunteer NZDA dentists.
The free appointments, about 30-40 minutes each, allowed patients to receive one dental treatment ranging from filling, extraction, relief of pain or infection to preventative care such as fluoride applications or a scale and polish.
"Through this initiative together we provided dental treatment worth several thousand dollars for free to 564 grateful patients"
The dates and location for 2018 free dental days will be announced in August once they are confirmed.