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Service for the smile

Last updated 05:00 20/11/2012

ALL SMILES: Toby Menzies, 5, smiles after having his teeth checked by dental therapist Rebekah Mundy at the new Albany Community Dental Clinic.

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Toby Menzies' pearly whites are going to be well-looked after thanks to the new state-of-the-art Albany Community Dental Clinic.

The 5-year-old from Albany had a checkup with dental therapist Rebekah Mundy in the new clinic, which was officially opened last month.

Based at Albany Junior High School, it is part of the Waitemata District Health Board's dental facilities modernisation programme, funded by the Health Ministry with three more clinics in Glen Eden, Westgate and Birkenhead to follow.

The Albany centre was more than three years in the making, board manager for dental services Belinda Tafua says.

Having a bigger public centre means more parents can become involved in their child's dental care, Ms Tafua says.

The Albany clinic will service 5500 school children from 10 schools in the area as well as the new Hobsonville school.

The "wonderful" clinic is modern and up-to-date with X-ray facilities, assistants and a full team now on board..

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