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No scale & polish available on NHS anymore?

(10 Posts)
donners312 Mon 22-Jan-18 16:49:13

Not even for kids?

I just had an appointment at the hygienist.

They called to tell me I had to pay for all 3 of us (me and 2 DC) and there is no way i can afford it they said its not available on NHS anymore - is that true?

TidyTinsel Mon 22-Jan-18 16:50:53

Do you pay anything for your appointments? I am with an NHS dentist but I pay their prices and have never been offered a scale and polish.

You only get it if you need it. Your kids shouldn't need it.

NHS website says:

If your dentist says scaling is clinically required, this is available on the NHS. This can be provided by a hygienist or dental therapist. A simple scaling is included in a Band 1 course of treatment, but more complex treatment for gum problems may be charged within a Band 2 course of treatment.
TipMany dental hygienists now work under direct access, where you can request to see the hygienist directly for a scale or polish. Hygienists can only provide this open access on a private basis, and you should check the cost of the treatment before booking an appointment.
If your dentist says a scale and polish is not clinically necessary but you want one anyway, you will have to pay for it privately.

thatwhichwecallarose Mon 22-Jan-18 16:53:24

Should be included....

HeyMacWey Mon 22-Jan-18 16:54:05

Mine make me pay, despite having the dental charges on the wall.
I have yet to find a NHS dentist that includes the hygienist fees or a scale and polish done by a dentist.

Fattymcfaterson Mon 22-Jan-18 16:54:26

I got one yesterday, but then I needed it

JJPP123 Mon 22-Jan-18 16:56:57

I've found if the dentist does it it's included, when they refer you to a hygienist it's not.

Chrisinthemorning Mon 22-Jan-18 16:57:13

Only if clinically necessary- so lots of tartar or gum problems. Not for staining or freshness. Children shouldn’t really need it, certainly not often.

donners312 Mon 22-Jan-18 17:10:16

Maybe i will just pay for mine and see how it goes with the kids - we go regular to the dentist so hopefully catch anything early.

thanks everyone

Frith1975 Mon 22-Jan-18 17:29:31

I haven’t had one since I was a child - I didn’t know they still existed!

Neither of my children has ever been offered one either.

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