Dental problems include:
Urgent dental problems
Urgent dental problems include:
- Toothache or swelling that suggests an infection of a tooth or gum
- Severe toothache or facial pain which is not controlled by taking over-the-counter painkillers
If you have an URGENT dental problem you should call your Dental Practice, if you have one. If you don’t have a dentist, you can call NHS 111 (by dialling 111 from any landline or mobile phone free of charge and they can find an emergency dentist for you).
From 1 April 2013, Urgent/Emergency and out-of-hours NHS Dental Care will cost you £18, unless you are entitled to free NHS Dental Care.
Emergency dental problems
Go to A&E if you have a dental EMERGENCY:
- Dental bleeding which will not stop
- A spreading dental infection/swelling
- Have had trauma to the face, mouth or teeth.
Toothache, no matter how bad, is not classed as a dental emergency. Please see your pharmacist for pain relief until you can get an appointment with your dentist.
General dental care
Here are some top tips for maintaining good oral health:
- Reducing the amount of sugar that you eat
• Keeping sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes only
• Brushing your teeth for two to three minutes, twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste
• Having your mouth checked regularly by your dentist
For more General dental care advice – please visit NHS Choices.
Why can’t a doctor deal with dental problems?
Dentist are postgraduate (minimum of 3yrs training) health care practitioners in oral health. They specialise in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity. The dental team includes dental assistants, dental hygienists and dental technicians.
Doctors are NOT Trained in oral health – so are unable to advise or treat your oral problem.
Find an NHS dentist
Who is entitled to FREE NHS dental treatment?
Please visit NHS Choices for more information.