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Dental care for children and young adults

Children registered as a living in the City of Copenhagen can receive free dental care.

The City of Copenhagen offers different dental care packages depending on your child's age.

Toddlers (0 to 4 years old)

The first invitation to your child for a dental examination will come when your child is around 1 year old. The invitation will be sent automatically from the City of Copenhagen’s dental clinic for children. After this, visits are based on need.

Children and young adults (5 to 22 years old)

Schoolchildren usually go to a dental clinic at their school or located nearby. Parents are welcome to attend.

After leaving school, young adults who were born before 2004 will be called in for dental examination and treatment until they turn 18.

Young people born after 2004 will continue to be called in for dental examination and treatment until they turn 22.

Examination and treatment are based on the child’s needs. The child is normally invited in for examination every 12 to 24 months. For special needs, invitations are made more often.

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Orthodontics

Children with tooth misalignments causing damage to their teeth, or resulting in poor chewing function, are offered to have their teeth adjusted. This is not the case if the problem is purely cosmetic, however.

Dental care for children with disabilities

Children and young adults with disabilities and who are living at home are eligible to receive treatment at a clinic with specially trained personnel. The child can continue in the scheme also after turning 18 but, the offer will continue under the adult dental care.

Free dental care for children who are not registered as a resident in Copenhagen

Children younger than 18, and whose residence is not registered in the municipality of Copenhagen, are entitled to free dental care if they meet the following conditions:

  • Their residence is registered in another municipality in Denmark with whom the municipality of Copenhagen has a mutual agreement concerning dental care

  • They have a yellow health insurance card called ’Det særlige sundhedskort'

  • They live in an EU/EEA country and both their parents work in Denmark as cross-border workers

  • They are EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and need emergency dental care during their stay in Denmark 

  • They are citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland but live in a Nordic country (Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland) and need emergency dental care during their stay in Denmark

  • They are EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and have parents who work in Denmark for an embassy belonging to a country within the EU, EEA or Switzerland. A child without ‘Det særlige sundhedskort’ is only entitled to emergency dental car

  • They are EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and have parents who work for an international organisation in Denmark. A child without ‘Det særlige sundhedskort’ is only entitled to emergency dental care

  • They are citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA and have parents who work for a Nordic embassy in Denmark

  • They are citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA and have parents who are dispatched from a Nordic country in order to work for an international organisation in Denmark.

Free choice of dental clinics

You are free to choose between any of the Børne- og Ungdomstandplejen’s dental clinics for your child. You and your child can also choose to receive dental care from dental clinic in another municipality, or from a private dental clinic.

If you opt for dental care from a private clinic, you will be charged 35% of the fee if your child is younger than 16.

If your child is aged 16 to 21, dental care at a private clinic is free of charge.

Contact the office at Børne- og Ungdomstandplejen for further information and for an agreement.

New law grants free dental care to young people aged 18 to 21

In 2022, a law has been passed which means that dental care is free for children and young adults until they turn 22. The law applies to everyone born in 2004 and after.

Find out more about free dental care for young people between the ages of 18 and 21 at the Children's and Youth Dental Care’s website.

CONTACT

Børne- og Ungdomstandplejen

Saxogade 61

1662 København V

Phone opening hours

Monday

08:00 - 15:00

Tuesday

08:00 - 12:00

Wednesday

08:00 - 12:00

Thursday

08:00 - 12:00

Friday

08:00 - 12:00