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Ministry of Health

Dental care free of charge for all children from 1 January

All children under 18 years of age are entitled to free dental care under an agreement concluded between Icelandic Health Insurance and the Dentists’ Association of Iceland. To be eligible, children must have health insurance in Iceland and be registered with a family dentist.

The Children's Dental Care Agreement entered into force on 15 May 2013 and has been implemented in stages. To begin with it provided for dental care free of charge to children 15, 16 and 17 years of age. Additional ages were then added year by year until the agreement became fully implemented on 1 January this year.

The goal of the agreement is to ensure children under 18 years of age receive essential dental care regardless of their parents’ financial situation. The dental care provided free of charge includes oral check-ups, preventive measures, fillings and other repair work considered to be essential dental care. Icelandic Health Insurance pays the entire cost of these services, with the exception of an annual appointment charge of ISK 2500.

The family dentist is responsible for calling children in for regular check-ups at least every two years.

Parents can register their children with a family dentist through Icelandic Health Insurance or through their dentist.

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