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The Scottish Government is committed to providing a modernised NHS dental service for 21st Century Scotland which will improve the oral health of the population and provide dental care in line with the aspirations of the NHS Scotland Quality Strategy.

Establishing good oral health in childhood, lays the foundations for a healthy mouth for life.

Eight key principles underpin the way ahead:

  • Oral health as an integral part of overall health improvement. Underpinned by a free dental examination for all population groups.
  • Services for children and young people should be focused on prevention and meet the oral health needs of those in the most disadvantaged circumstances
  • Patient-centred, standards ensuring high quality services
  • A public dental service targeted at those in most need
  • Support for dental practices providing services for the NHS
  • Dental teams trained to deliver patient-centred, safe and effective dental services
  • Closer integration of dentistry, within the wider NHS family
  • An education and training plan to deliver more high quality dental professionals

NHS dental treatment – charges

People automatically entitled to free NHS dental treatment are:

  • Children under 18 years of age
  • Full-time students aged 18
  • Pregnant women and nursing mothers

Others on low incomes may be able to get help. The leaflets HCS 1 and HCS 2 provide more information:

Unless you are in one of the groups entitled to free NHS dental treatment or help with the cost you will require to pay 80 per cent of the cost of your NHS dental treatment up to a maximum of £384 per course of treatment.