How to find a dentist
Do you need an NHS dentist?
To find a dentist outside normal office hours phone 03000 333 224
Dental health in the UK among adults and children is better than ever before.
Our dental health has improved in recent years because we're taking better care of our teeth.
Thanks to the widespread use of fluoride toothpaste, which helps to prevent and control decay, the number of adults with none of their own natural teeth has fallen from 37% in 1968 to 12% in 1998 (the last year for which figures were compiled).
Children's teeth are also healthier than ever. Twelve year olds in England have the best teeth in Europe and 6 out of 10 children start school with no tooth decay.
Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum:
When should my next dental check‐up be?
Visiting your dentist regularly is important. But how often you need to go for a check‐up will depend on how healthy your mouth, teeth and gums are and whether you’re at risk of future problems.
Your dentist will tell you how often you need a routine check‐up. If your teeth, mouth and gums are in good health, you may only need to see your dentist every two years (or every year if you’re under 18).
You do not need to attend every six months but if you have problems with your teeth, you will be asked to come back more often.
What are the charges for NHS dental treatment?
Please click here to see the three price bandings for NHS dental treatment and what each banding covers. Please do check when contacting the dentist that you are being seen as an NHS patient, and request a treatment plan following consultation.
Alternatively, more information is available on our dentistry page.
Why is a check‐up important?
It lets the dentist see if you have any problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy.
What happens at each check‐up?
At eachcheck‐up your dentist should:
Can I see a dentist between check ups?
Yes of course. If you have problems with your mouth or teeth between planned check‐ups contact your dentist to ask for an appointment.
In an emergency outside normal working hours, you will hear a message on your dental practice’s telephone explaining how to get emergency dental care.
More information on looking after your teeth can be found on NHS Choices.