Most of us think that good oral health includes a routine check-up with a dentist every six months, but the National Health Service (NHS) said that it might be more or less frequent, depending on each patient’s case.
If you need emergency dental service here in Paddington or elsewhere, the NHS advises patients to contact their dentist to find out how to access emergency care, especially during outside working hours.
In the U.K., payment for certain NHS dental treatment causes confusion among most patients. Take note that the agency exempts certain individuals based on different criteria.
Those under 18 years will not have to pay for basic services, while treatment is also free to pregnant patients or those that delivered a baby in the last 12 months before the procedure.
Otherwise, the cost of treatment for NHS services falls on three different bands. The cheapest bands will require you to pay £20.60, which includes dental examination, diagnoses and X-rays. If you pay £56.30, you can have access to fillings, root canal and tooth extractions.
The most expensive band worth £244.30 includes complex treatment such as crowns, dentures and bridges.
Your dentist will advise you of the next appointment for a check-up, which would usually happen in the next three months or even two years later, according to the NHS. If you are under 18, the gap from your previous check-up to the next one should only be up to one year.
The logic behind this involves the state of your dental health. A sooner trip means that you have a high risk for dental problems, while those with good dental health only require less frequent trips to the clinic.
You should only consult a dentist about the frequency of your dental check-ups, as they are the only ones who can determine whether you are prone to dental health issues.