Improved access to NHS dentists

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The number of people gaining access to an NHS dentist has increased across Tayside, with 85 per cent of children and 80 per cent of adults now registered.

The rise in availability has been achieved as more dentists and therapists who have been trained in Tayside are staying in the local area, increasing the availability of dentists to provide NHS treatment for routine patients who were previously seen by the Public Dental Service (PDS), part of NHS Tayside.

Building on the success of this, patients in Tayside are being encouraged to register with a family dentist. This will give NHS Tayside’s PDS the opportunity to concentrate and expand on the priority areas, including treatment to people with special care needs.

NHS Tayside General Manager for Access Alan Pattinson said: “Ten years ago people across Scotland had significant problems finding a dentist for NHS treatment but we are seeing a transformation leading to greater access to NHS services for the people of Tayside. We will continue to offer the PDS at our clinics across Tayside for those patients who require specialised treatments or have special care needs.”

At the end of their treatment, most routine adult patients attending a PDS clinic will be given information about local dentists who can take them on as NHS patients.