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COVID-19: guidance for the public

Last updated: 10 August, 2020

If you have an urgent dental care need, or need advice about your personal oral health needs, you should contact your dental practice in the first instance.

If you are not registered with a dental practice, guidance is being provided by the NHS in EnglandScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

If you do not have access to the internet, you can call NHS 111.

Access to Dental Care 

Dental practices are beginning to reopen from 8 June in England, and 22 June in Scotland and Wales.

  • The priority will be to ensure public and patient safety.
  • Whilst we are observing social distancing, you should continue to telephone or email your practice, rather than attending in person without an appointment.
  • Your practice will look different as it will be operating in a way that observes COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene rules, as part of measures taken to ensure your safety and that of the dental team
  • The range of treatments you will be offered may be different to that you received before 25 March 2020 and may vary from practice to practice. This will depend on the staff and equipment available to the team at the time.
  • The dental team may also be wearing different protective equipment to what you are used to seeing.
  • It will likely be some months before the services return to providing care in a similar manner to that which you previously experienced and will be dependent on the further easing of COVID-19 control measures

Oral Health Foundation

You can find information on how you can access dental care, treatment and advice as dental practices begin to reopen on the Oral Health Foundation website.