Page updated: 20 Dec 2010
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There are thousands of NHS dental spaces available in Trafford. NHS dental check-ups and treatment are available free of charge to all children under 16. A large number of adults are exempt from NHS dental charges including people who currently receive:
- Income support
- Income related employment and support allowance
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Pension credit
- Guarantee credit
You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts, you are:
- Aged under 18
- Aged under 19 and in full-time education
- Pregnant, or a mother who has 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, however you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges
What will happen when I visit the dentist?
Your visit to the dentist will usually start with a check up. At a check-up your NHS dentist should:
- Undertake a full examination of your mouth, teeth and gums.
- Ask about your general health and any problems you have had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
- Ask about and give you advice on your diet and tobacco and alcohol use.
- Ask about your teeth cleaning habits and give you advice on the most appropriate ways to keep your teeth, mouth and gums healthy, including advice on equipment such as brushes and fluoride toothpaste.
- Discuss with you when your next visit should be. If your mouth is in a healthy condition then it may not be necessary to visit every six months; some patients may only need a review appointment in 18 months or even two years
Your NHS dentist should always:
- Explain your treatment options and let you know what treatment can be done under the NHS and what other work (eg: cosmetic treatment) can be done privately if you wish.
- Make sure you know how much your NHS and/or private treatment will cost.
- Your dentist should make sure you know what your treatment options are and how much treatment will cost. Remember, you can always ask your dentist any questions you have about treatment, payment or any other dental issues.
- You should be provided with a treatment plan and may be asked to sign a consent form.
- If you have any questions about what services a NHS dentist can provide, contact the dental helpline on 0845 602 0708.
Looking after your teeth
As well as regularly visiting your dentist, there are lots of things you can do to help look after your teeth, including:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Brush your children’s teeth with an adult toothpaste – children’s toothpastes do not offer maximum protection.
- Following weaning advice for young children and take young children to the dentist as soon as you can to seek advice on care for baby teeth.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks. Think about the use of sugar alternatives in coffee and tea.
- Do not smoke or use other tobacco products.
- If you drink alcohol keep to the recommended limits.
- Wear a mouth guard when playing sport.
For more information about looking after your teeth visit the NHS Choices website.
Specialist dental clinics
We provide complete dental care for patients unable to obtain dental care from the general dental service or the hospital dental service. We also carry out local dental health surveys which help NHS Trafford understand what sort of dental services people need.
We hold dental clinics at Seymour Grove Health Centre, Conway Road Health Centre, Partington Health Centre and Mitford Street Clinic. We also develop programmes that promote good dental health and help people understand more about how they can avoid dental problems.
This is part of our work to help ensure that everyone in Trafford, whatever their social background, has fair access to the sort of advice and care that will help them stay healthy.