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Improve access to NHS dental services

1) In keeping with the General Dental Services (GDS) Reform Programme, support local commissioning that improves access and equity of access in areas of deprivation. Work with the Local Health Board and dental services to improve equity in access to dental care.

2) Support primary care dental services to have a prevention and outcome focussed ethos.

3) Provide accessible public information about local urgent care dental access (via 111 or a local helpline).

4) Encourage and facilitate routine attendance after emergency care; NICE guidance Oral health promotion in the community (QS139) recommends that dental services providing emergency care to people who do not have a regular dental team should give information about the benefits of attending for routine care and how a local dental practice can be found.