Dental care – NHS and private

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Looking after your teeth is really important, especially as you get older. It helps you enjoy your food, smile with confidence and generally feel good about yourself.

To ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy, it is important to brush your teeth effectively and see a dentist regularly. If you have false teeth, regular check ups with a dentist are just as important.

Dentures are likely to need replacing every five years as the shape of your mouth changes. If, for health reasons, you have difficulty getting to a dentist, your dentist may be able to visit you or you may be eligible for treatment through the Community Dental Service.

Dental access centres have been introduced in many areas where it is difficult to find a dentist offering NHS treatment.

Patients needing emergency treatment take priority, so you may have to wait for a routine appointment. 

NHS dental charges

The system is based on three bands of treatment and charges are reviewed annually. People on a low income may be entitled to help with the cost of NHS dental treatment.

To find out more about looking after your teeth, download our free factsheet

opens link in new window Download our factsheet Dental care: NHS and private treatment (PDF 178KB)

This factsheet explains the situation in England. Readers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland should contact their respective Age UK organisation for information specific to where they live.

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