The number of children who are behind in their dental visits has risen to over 200,000.
A large number of these children missed their free routine dental check-ups due to Covid-19.
Auckland has hit a record high and health authorities warn it’ll take over a year to catch up.
Currently, in Auckland 186,000 primary and intermediate school children are overdue a visit to the dentist – that’s two-thirds of all those enrolled.
Parents who can afford it are encouraged to pay for their kids to see a private dentist.
The New Zealand Dental Association is worried children’s tooth decay is going untreated.
How to know if you need to see a dentist
- Any pain when eating.
- Avoiding eating on any teeth or a difference in eating patterns.
- If you see any brown spots or any marks on the teeth.
- Bleeding gums.