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Dentist and Oral Health

Healthy teeth and gums

Gum disease and tooth decay are the two most common causes of tooth loss. You can avoid unnecessary tooth loss or fillings by keep your teeth healthy.

Here are some top tips for healthy teeth –

  • brush at least twice a day
  • brush for at least three minutes
  • replace your toothbrush on regular intervals
  • avoid too much fizzy drinks and sugary drinks as these can cause your teeth to decay
  • go for check up with the dentist every six months
  • use mouthwash before you brush your teeth

You can find more information about taking care of your teeth and gums on the NHS website

Visit the NHS website taking care of your teeth and gums


Some people might require dentures. Dentures are removable false teeth that fit over your gums to fill in gaps of missing teeth.

A person can either have a partial denature to replace a single or a few missing teeth, or have a full denture which replaces all the teeth in the mouth.

It is important that you take care of your dentures through regular maintenance and cleaning.

More on dentures here

Registering with a dentist

In order to ensure your teeth are regularly maintained, it is important that you register with a dental surgery so that you can have regular check ups.

You can find your nearest Dentist by using the NHS service tool, which is on the right hand side of this page.

Once you have registered, your dentist will make an appointment with you every six months to check how your teeth and gums are doing.

It is important to try and keep your appointment with the dentist. If you are unable to attend your dental appointment, contact the dental surgery so that you can rearrange the appointment.

If your dentist spots something wrong with your teeth or gums they will recommend a course of treatment. You may be required to attend an additional appointment for any dental work or treatment you require.

Costs of dental treatment

The costs of dental care will depend on what you are having type of treatment you are having done –

  • Urgent dental treatment such as pain relief or temporary filling - £21.60
  • Band 1 which covers advice and information, examinations and diagnosis - £21.60
  • Band 2 covers everything in Band 1 plus any further treatments such as fillings, root canal - £59.10
  • Band 3 includes bands 1 and 2 as well as crowns, dentures, bridges, and other laboratory work - £256.50

Learn more about NHS dental charges here

Help paying for dental care

You are entitled to free dental treatment if you –

  • aged under 18, or under 19 and in qualifying full time education
  • pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months
  • staying in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist
  • an NHS hospital dental service outpatient – you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges

You are also entitled if you or your partner – including civil partner – receive, or you are under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving –

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • ncome-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit and meet the criteria

You can find out more about Dental charges on the NHS website.

More on dental charges here

    Last reviewed: 13/03/2019