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Oral & Dental Health

Our teeth have such an important role to play in our lives. They help us chew and digest food, they help us to talk and speak clearly and they also give our face its shape.

A healthy mouth can be a great asset.

A smile also has other day-to-day benefits. It can give us greater confidence, as well as influence our social lives, careers and relationships.  Because of this, it only makes sense to give our oral health the best care possible.

Currently, more than two million people in the UK say they have taken time of work in the last five years due to poor oral health.  Most problems with teeth and gums are preventable with a good daily routine.  Government statistics show that a quarter of all adults have not visited a dentist in the past two years and a similar number only brush their teeth once a day. 

In order to receive the full range of dental treatment and care under the NHS, you must be registered with a dentist.  When you register with a dentist you'll be registered for life, unless you or your dentist request your registration to be withdrawn. If you attend another dentist for treatment and don't tell them you're registered elsewhere, your registration will automatically transfer to that dentist. Not all dentists will take on new NHS patients so it's important to ask them if they're able to take you on as an NHS patient during your first contact with them.

To find at list of registered dentists in your area click on this link (opens new window) or visit NHS Inform website.

For common dental health questions (opens new window), visit NHS website.