Guidelines for Dentists and Patients on
‘when should my next NHS dental check-up be?’
If you have been used to regular NHS check-ups every 6 months you may find that this changes. The gap could be longer or shorter than this, depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are and your risk of future problems. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published guidance to help dentists decide how often each patient needs a check-up.
How often should I come back for a dental check-up?
After your check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit, and discuss this with you. The time to your check-up could be as short as 3 months or as long as 2 years – or up to 1 year if you are under 18.
What if I need other dental treatments?
The NICE guidelines are about routine dental check-ups only. You may have other appointments for treatments such as teeth cleaning (scale and polish), fillings or for emergency treatment. If you have problems with your teeth between check-ups, contact your dentist to make an earlier appointment.
For more information on the NICE Dental Check-up guidelines click here , alternatively contact our patient care team on 01386 446 04001386 446 040