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DENTISTRY

Teeth can last a lifetime if simple steps are taken from an early age to avoid problems of tooth decay.

COMMON PROBLEMS

  • Tender and bleeding gums
  • Constant ache or pain in tooth
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold

TREATMENT AT HOME

  • Sensitivity - use a special desensitising toothpaste
  • Toothache - take simple painkillers
  • If the problem continues see your dentist

PREVENT TOOTH PROBLEMS BY:

  • Regular tooth brushing
  • Reducing the amount of sugary food and drinks in the diet
  • Having regular dental check ups

CHILDREN

  • Should have their first dental check as soon as possible - even before all the teeth are through
  • As soon as teeth appear parents should brush their children's teeth until the child is at least seven years old when the child can start brushing their own teeth

VISITING YOUR DENTIST

You should not be deterred from having regular checks because of cost. An inspection by your dentist is inexpensive and likely to prevent more costly restorative work at a later date through neglect.

The following groups do not pay at all: children under 18 or under 19 and in full-time education, ladies during pregnancy and also in the first year following delivery.

There are also certain categories of people on low income who will not be charged and you should ask your dentist for details.

Need a Dentist

People needing NHS dental treatment or a check-up can call the number free on 0808 238 9797 (mobile networks may charge the caller) or you can text 0794 309 1958 for a call back. The helpline is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Emergency Dental Service

DentaLine is the NHS's emergency dental service. DentaLine can treat patients who:

  • are bleeding heavily (haemorrhaging) from the mouth
  • have an injury to their teeth or mouth
  • have severe facial swelling
  • are in pain that started suddenly and cannot eased by pain killers

NHS charges apply at all DentalLine centres. For information about NHS dental services and costs see NHS Choices.

Normal opening hours: 7pm - 10.30pm every day plus weekends and bank holiday mornings 9.30am - 11am.

Patients should telephone the centres before attending and will be assessed during their call  to determine how urgently treatment is needed.

For emergency advice or help in finding your local Kent Dentaline service Phone: 01634 890300

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