THE Community Dental Service or Lanarkshire Salaried Primary Care Dental Services (SPCDS), complements the care provided by general dentists in Lanarkshire.
Working across Lanarkshire this service provides care in health centres, hospitals, and care homes and occasionally in your own home.
These services provide dental care for the groups in our community who have special requirements that make it difficult or inappropriate for them to receive treatment in the normal dental setting.
The types of patients treated by the community dental service include:
- Children with dental anxiety or with high levels of dental disease,
- Patients with learning disabilities,
- Patients with a range of physical and psychiatric conditions,
- Patients with complex medical issues impacting on their dental care,
- Frail elderly,
- Patients within palliative care.
Patients can be referred to the community dental service by general dental practitioners, general practitioners (GPs) and other healthcare professionals. Patients are seen by appointment, Monday to Friday.
The community dental service can be contacted at:
Telephone: 01236 707 711
Dental care for homeless people
General Dental Practice is the preferred service that homeless patients should access for dental treatment.
- Patients requiring treatment should be seen during the normal working day.
- If registered with a local dentist contact the practice for an appointment.
- If not registered go to the NHS Lanarkshire Service Finder page to find a local dentist registering new patients.
- The Oral Health Team will be visiting homeless centres on a regular basis to assist patients with accessing appropriate care and they can be contacted through the individual’s key worker.
- Suitable patients as identified by the Oral Health Education Team may be directed to the Buchanan Dental Service student outreach clinic in Coatbridge.
- The most vulnerable patients as identified by the Oral Health Education Team will be seen by the community dental service.
- Out of office hours emergency patients should contact NHS 24:
If not registered with a dentist and think they need emergency dental treatment contact NHS 24 on 111.
Oral Health Educators
A team of oral health educators are employed to provide a Lanarkshire wide preventive service to children and vulnerable adults including those patients with special care needs, the homeless, and prisoners.
The team of oral health educators also deliver the Childsmile core toothbrushing programme in nurseries and primary schools across Lanarkshire. Through a variety of teaching sessions children, parents and staff are educated on all aspects of oral health and this is reinforced by staff in each establishment on a daily basis.
Additionally the oral health educators distribute the dental homecare packs, containing a toothbrush, toothpaste and an information leaflet to children in nurseries twice a year and to all primary one and two children once a year, delivering an oral health education lesson.
Childsmile is a national programme designed to improve children’s oral health and reduce oral health inequalities. The programme consists of three main elements:
Childsmile Practice - targets children from birth and promotes oral health improvement and prevention of decay through primary care dental services and local community dental settings. Every child in NHS Lanarkshire, can access Childsmile.
The dental team will provide advice and support on keeping your child’s teeth healthy and, as your child gets older, additional preventive care such as fluoride varnish and fissure sealants.
Childsmile Core Programme – involves the free distribution of oral health packs to every child in Scotland on at least six occasions during their first five years of life and free daily supervised toothbrushing to every three and four-year-old attending nursery.
Free daily supervised toothbrushing is also offered to children in schools within high priority areas.
The Nursery and Primary School Toothbrushing programme aims to:
- Deliver fluoride toothpaste to the enamel surface of the teeth to prevent tooth decay
- Establish good habits from an early age
- Teach children toothbrushing as a life time skill.
Childsmile Nursery and School - targets children who would may benefit from additional preventive care.
This additional care will take the form of twice yearly application of fluoride varnish to the teeth of children attending nursery and primary schools. Children can therefore receive at least four applications of fluoride varnish per year, two within the nursery or school setting and two at their dental practice.
For more information on Childsmile visit the Childsmile website or contact Susan Frew, Childsmile Co-ordinator on 01236 703453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .