NHS Care


“The NHS provides all the treatment necessary to secure and maintain your preventative care. There are some treatments (mainly cosmetic) that are not normally available under the NHS and you may choose to have these provided privately. You may also choose to have some treatment provided privately as an alternative to NHS treatment. The dentist will discuss these options with you so that you can make an informed choice.”

Who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment?


You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts, you are:

You can also get free NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts or when you're asked to pay:

You will not be exempt from paying for NHS dental treatment because you receive one of the benefits below when paid on their own:




You'll be asked to show your dentist written proof that you're entitled to help with dental treatment costs. This will vary depending on your circumstances.

NHS Low Income Scheme

The NHS Low Income Scheme provides income-related help to people not exempt from charges but who may be entitled to full or partial help with healthcare costs if they have a low income. Anyone can apply as long as they don't have savings or investments over the capital limit. In England, the capital limit is £16,000 (or £23,250 if you live permanently in a care home).

Help is based on a comparison between your weekly income and assessed requirements at the time the claim is made. Entitlement broadly follows Income Support rules to decide how much, if anything, you have to pay towards your healthcare costs, including dental treatment costs.

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website has more information about the NHS Low Income Scheme, including how to apply.

Proof of your entitlement



You'll be asked to show your dentist written proof that you're entitled to financial help with dental treatment. This will vary depending on your circumstances. To check what documents you need, see the NHS HC11 leaflet: Help with health costs.

Find out more about NHS treatments and costs here. https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-help- health-costs

* Subject to appointment availability


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Did you know?

You could be entitled to FREE NHS dental care*


You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment in England if, when your treatment starts, you are: