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Being a teenager means life is constantly changing – new habits, new diet, new attitudes. It’s an exciting time, but it’s also when your teenager is more prone than ever to dental decay.

The School Dental Service for Secondary 1 and Secondary 3 school pupils is a great way to ensure your teen’s teeth stay cavity-free. With free dental check-ups and basic dental treatment performed right at their secondary school dental clinics/ mobile dental clinics, it’s a hassle-free way of making sure they see the dentist.

If your child isn’t in Sec 1 or Sec 3, they can still receive dental treatment upon request. As a parent all you need to do is sign the consent forms to enrol your child in this programme. Once consent is given, it is valid from Secondary 1 to Secondary 4/5.

Besides the dental clinics located in secondary schools, the School Dental Service also sends out mobile dental clinics to secondary schools that are not equipped with a dental clinic.

What does the school dental service do?


a.    Preventive services aimed at preventing dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease include:
  • Regular check-ups
  • Provision of fissure sealants to prevent tooth decay
  • Advice on oral hygiene and diet
  • Oral health education activities to promote oral health awareness and oral hygiene practices through chairside oral health education and classroom talks
b.    Curative services aimed at treating dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease include:
  • Scaling and polishing
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Root treatment of teeth

Referral services


If your teen requires more complex work like X-rays, extraction of permanent teeth, dentures, even root canal treatment for single-rooted permanent teeth, they will be referred to a Zonal Centre or to the School Dental Centre of the Health Promotion Board.

Pupils may also be referred to the National Dental Centre, Alexandra Hospital Dental Clinic, NUH Dental Centre, Tan Tock Seng Hospital Dental Clinic, Jurong Medical Dental Clinic and Changi General Hospital Dental Clinic for specialist care.

What are the charges?


Your teen’s dental treatment is free at the school dental clinics and mobile dental clinics.

If they need more complex work beyond the scope of the dental therapists, your child will be referred to the School Dental Centre of the Health Promotion Board. Fees may apply. 

All referrals to National Dental Centre/Hospital Dental Clinics are chargeable. There are no fixed dental fees as the patients are charged according to the type of treatment provided.


Operational hours


School dental clinics / Mobile dental clinics

During the school term, the school dental clinic / mobile dental clinic is open from
  • 8 am to 5.30 pm (Monday to Thursday)
  • 8 am to 5.00 pm (Friday)
  • Lunch break varies with each clinic
Some school dental clinics operate on a part-time basis due to low school population. You may wish to check with the school dental clinic on its opening days and hours.

During the school holiday(s), the clinic will remain open unless the clinic staff are out of the office. If it’s closed, you can contact the staff in charge of the mobile dental clinic for treatment and advice in an emergency. Details are available from the school office.

If your teen requires emergency treatment after the mobile dental clinic has left the school, they can seek treatment at the same mobile dental clinic that has been relocated to another school. The telephone number of the mobile dental clinic can be obtained from the school office.

 

School Dental Centre

The school dental centre is open from
  • 8.00 am to 5.30 pm (Monday to Thursday)
  • 8.00 am to 5.00 pm (Friday)
  • 8.00 am to 12.30 pm (Saturday)
The School Dental Centre is located at :

Level 4, Health Promotion Board
3 Second Hospital Avenue
Singapore 168937
Tel: 6435 3782
Fax : 6435 3775
Email : HPB_Dental_Counter@hpb.gov.sg

You can call, email or fax in to School Dental Centre for change of appointment, request new appointment, or cancel appointment.

On the day of the appointment, you will need to bring your teen’s documents for verification and registration:
  • Birth certificate (for Singaporeans)
  • Student concession card/pass (for Singaporeans)
  • Passport/entry permit (for permanent residents and foreigners)