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Oral health care for school children

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service
Area Helsinki
Service available in Finnish, Swedish

Regardless of where they live, the pupils of comprehensive schools in Helsinki are invited to an oral and dental health check-up either with a dental hygienist or dentist in accordance with their personal check-up schedule. If necessary, the dental hygienist shall refer the child for further treatment by a dentist.

All pupils in grades 1 and 5 are invited to a check-up with a dental hygienist and all pupils in grades 3 and 8 are invited to a check-up with a dentist.

If a pupil experiences toothache, suffers a dental injury or exhibits other symptoms requiring urgent care, the guardian may book an appointment for the pupil through appointment booking.

The centralised booking for oral healthcare is available Mon–Thu 7–18 and Fri 7–15, tel. 09 310 51400.


To whom and on what terms

The service is free of charge.


Background information

The dental and oral health care of basic education pupils is part of school health care. Pupils have oral health and dental checks at least three times during their basic education, and any problems are treated. If a pupil needs a larger amount or more frequent checks or treatment, they are provided treatment according to their individual needs.

Pupils can access the school health care dentist following the instructions issued by the school.


The service is provided by: 
City of Helsinki