Know Who To Turn To


When your mouth or teeth need urgent attention, turn to your dentist.

What is a dentist?

A dentist, also known as a 'dental surgeon', specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions of the mouth.

There is no need to register with a dentist and everyone should be able to access NHS dental services.

When to turn to your dentist

Turn to your dentist for:
  • tooth pain
  • swelling to your mouth
  • painful or bleeding gums
  • injury to your mouth
  • advice on oral hygiene.

How will your dentist help?

Your dentist will:
  • assess your condition and if necessary, provide treatment
  • give you advice about tooth care and oral health
  • refer you to other health care professionals, such as a dental hygienist.

In-hours dental care

In-hours is 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.

To access in-hours dental care:
  • For registered patients - arrange an appointment with your dentist
  • For unregistered patients - contact your health board for guidance.

Out-of-hours dental care

Out-of-hours is 6 pm to 8 am, Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

To access out-of-hours dental care, phone NHS 24 on 111.

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Still unsure?

If you are still unsure who to turn to, phone NHS 24 on 111.

They can help direct you to the most appropriate service for your needs.