Dental services

We have dental health services for school children and people who are eligible for public dental services in Queensland.

Cairns Oral Health Services will be closed Monday 18 December 2023.

For any enquiries please contact the call centre on 1300 300 850.

Our services

We have dental services at dental health facilities in hospitals, community health centres, outreach clinics and schools. Our area covers as far as Tully in the south, Croydon in the west and Mossman/Daintree in the north.

Our dental services include:

  • diagnostic services, including clinical x-rays
  • preventive and early intervention services, including dietary advice, oral hygiene instruction, fluoride applications, fissure sealants, and brief intervention smoking cessation advice
  • gum care, including the removal of plaque and/or calculus
  • fillings
  • simple extractions and minor oral surgery under local anaesthetic
  • acrylic removable dentures, including new dentures and modification or repair of existing dentures
  • root canal treatment for permanent front teeth and pulp therapy for baby teeth
  • assessment of orthodontic needs
  • palliative emergency care.

Who can access this service?


Adults can get free dental care if they're:

  • a Queensland resident
  • have a Medicare card

and have 1 of the following cards:

  • Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Veteran's Affairs
  • Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink
  • Health Care Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
  • Queensland Seniors Card.


Children can get free dental care if they're:

  • a Queensland resident or go to a Queensland school
  • have a Medicare card

and meet at least 1 of the following:

  • are 17 or younger
  • eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule
  • hold, or be listed as a dependent on a Centrelink concession card.

Read more about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule on the Services Australia website.

Make or change an appointment

You can make or change an appointment by calling 1300 300 850.

If you need emergency dental treatment, we may be able to move your appointment so you can see a dentist sooner.

For after hours emergency dental treatment please contact a private dental service (fees will apply) or 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

Last updated: June 2024