How to get free NHS dental treatment

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How to get free NHS dental treatment
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Obtaining NHS Dental Treatment is simple for qualified United Kingdom residents. Available to lower income adults and children, NHS covers most routine dental services such as cleanings, checkups and fillings; however, some restrictions may apply. Because NHS is part of a network of dentists, locating a dental office and having the necessary dental services are as easy as clicking a mouse or obtaining a referral from your primary physician (also known as your Primary Care Trust).

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Things you need

  • Proof of ID
  • Proof of income

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    Qualify for NHS dental treatment. You must be under the age of 18 or if you are a full-time student, under the age of 19, pregnant at the time of treatment or have given birth within one calendar year of the treatment date, receive government aid, such as employment or other income based welfare, or be over the age of 59.

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    Go to the official NHS website to locate a dentist. Select the "Dentist" tab online or call 0845 4647 to speak with a NHS Direct representative.

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    Explain the dental services you require and confirm eligibility by answering several questions such as your income level, date of birth and work status. Parents of young children must provide the date of birth of the child and the name and phone number of any Primary Care Trust (physician) who has referred the child to NHS.

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    Make an appointment and see your NHS dentist.

Tips and warnings

  • As of 2006, it is no longer necessary to register for NHS services.
  • If you qualify for basic NHS services including checkups, you will not be billed. You may be charged for "complex" dental procedures, such as oral surgery, root canal and crown work, and extraction of wisdom teeth.
  • A waiting period may be required.

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