COVID 19 – patient information

Information for patients on accessing oral health care while Aoteaora New Zealand manages COVID-19

COVID-19 information for the public 


The government intent is for health services to continue to be available to the public. This is to avoid unnecessary delay in people receiving treatment that could result in more severe or long-term complications.

Within this context, the Council has developed a new standard to guide oral health during the next stage of Aotearoa New Zealand's COVID-19 management, generally known as the traffic light system. 

The Council considers that the COVID-19 supplementary standard would allow access to oral health care, while establishing the necessary safeguards to protect the patients, practitioners and staff, and limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

This standard supplements the infection and prevention and control practice standard already in place for oral health practitioners.