Information for parents

Update: 30 March 2020

In line with current measures to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all non-urgent dental services, including Smile Squad, will be put on hold.

Emergency dental services can still be accessed at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and many community-based dental services across the state.

If you have a dental emergency or require oral health advice, please contact the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne on 9341 1000 (outside Melbourne metro call: 1800 833 039) or use the online community dental clinics search for a list of dental clinics in your area. You may also visit www.dhsv.org.au if you require any further information.

The health and wellbeing of Victorians remains our highest priority. We will actively plan for the re-commencement of Smile Squad services once it is appropriate to do so.

During this period, we urge all Victorian children and their families to maintain their oral health by eating well, drinking tap water, and brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

More information is available in the Eat Well, Drink Well, Clean Well and Information for Parents brochures on the resources page.

Frequently asked questions:

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

My child goes to a non-government school. Are they eligible?

Currently no. The program is in early development and will roll out progressively over the next few years. In 2021, the Government will review the program with a view to expanding it to low fee Catholic and low fee independent schools.

My child goes to kindergarten. Are they eligible?

Children in kindergartens are not eligible for this service. To see what services are currently available, please go to the DHSV website for information regarding dental care for kids.