Information for parents

What is Smile Squad?

Smile Squad is a $321.9 million Victorian Government program which provides free dental care to all Victorian public primary and secondary school students. 

The friendly Smile Squad dental team will visit schools to conduct a free annual dental health examination and provide free follow up treatment as needed.

Who is eligible?

All students attending public primary, secondary or special schools in Victoria are eligible, with or without a healthcare card.

How can my child be seen?

Parents or carers will be asked to provide consent for their child to receive the health examination, and prior to any treatment required. Information about the program and consent forms will be distributed through your child’s school.

What will the Smile Squad do?

The Smile Squad will first visit your child’s school to undertake dental health examinations and preventative care. After the 15 minute examination your child will receive a care plan.  

If no further treatment is required, your child will be seen in 12 months for their next dental examination. 

If your child requires follow-up treatment, an individual care plan will be sent home for your consent before treatment is provided. 

Children will also be provided with a free dental pack and education on teeth brushing and healthy eating.

More information on the services provided can be found on the general information page of this site.

Do I need to attend with my child?

You do not need to attend with your child. However, if you wish to, we can make an appointment time for you to attend together.

What does it cost?

Smile Squad is free for all Victorian public school students.  
This program does not include orthodontic or cosmetic treatment.

What if my child has urgent needs/dental pain?

If your child has dental pain, please contact your nearest dentist or community dental clinic for help. To locate your nearest clinic, use Dental Health Services Victoria's Community Dental Clinic Locator or contact the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne