Dentists look after your oral health, this means making sure your teeth and gums are healthy

You can either see an NHS dentist or a private dentist. Private dentists cost more and usually offer additional services and have lower waiting times. This information is about dentists in general.

Dental experts recommend you have a check up twice a year, this is so the dentist can make sure your teeth are growing normally and spot any early signs of problems, like cavities or gum disease.

Things dentists can help you with

  • Advice about mouth care
  • Special tooth cleaning
  • Fitting you for mouth guards for sport or to prevent tooth grinding
  • Braces
  • Cavity fillings
  • Removing broken or damaged teeth
  • Treating abscesses

How to see a dentist

If you’re not already registered with a dental surgery you’ll need to find your nearest NHS dentist. You might not be able to register with the surgery that’s nearest to your home if they’re not accepting new patients, so you might have to use a dentist that’s further away.

When you’ve found a surgery that you can register with call them up and speak to the receptionist to arrange an appointment, some surgeries offer online registration through their website.