How do you find an NHS dentist for your child?

Regular dental visits are really important, especially for children.  All children should be seen at least once per year and some may need to be seen more frequently. Dental visits should start as soon as your child’s first teeth come through.  So how do you find an NHS dentist for your child?

1) Ask for recommendations
I always advise asking other parents for recommendations because if their child has had a positive dental experience, it is likely that yours will too. Some dentists are naturally good with children and this is a great way to find a “child-friendly” practice.
2) Try the NHS Find a Dentist Website
If you have just moved into an area then you might find the NHS find a dentist website helpful.  It is a really easy way to see at a glance which practices near to you are accepting patients.  Just pop in your postcode and you should be able to find a dentist nearby who will see your child.
3) Call NHS England’s Customer Contact Centre
If you have tried calling a few practices near to you and no-one is accepting your patients, try calling the NHS England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 2233.
4) Contact Healthwatch
There is a local Healthwatch in every area of England. They are independent organisations who listen to your views and share them with those with the power to make local services better.  Let them know that you are having difficulty finding a dentist for your child.
5) If that doesn’t work, let me know!
I am hoping by now that you will have been able to find a dentist.  If you are still struggling, please comment below and I will ensure that your responses are collated and forwarded to NHS England.  I strongly believe that all children should be able to access high quality NHS dental care and I want to play my part in supporting families to do this.  Please let me know how you get on.  Good luck!
You can find more information on finding an NHS dentist here.

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