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Socially excluded dental care

It is extremely difficult for the homeless or those with drug/alcohol dependency to access regular dental care in the normal way.

Specialised dentistry for those who need it

Evidence shows people in this group may neglect their teeth because of their lifestyle and this can lead to a lack of confidence. There are a lot of associated health problems that are exacerbated by poor dental health i.e. heart conditions, diabetes and pneumonia. Furthermore, there are even more associated social problems i.e. poor appearance causing lack of confidence, not smiling, so unable to greet someone in a positive way, all of which can result in low self-esteem.

We work with organisations and outreach services throughout Gloucestershire to help vulnerable people to access dental treatment which can often be emergency care.

If a patient/client is in pain, please contact 0300 421 6440 for advice. For routine dental care, we accept referrals from a medical practioner or other healthcare professional.

Community Dental Services are ONLY available to current patients and those who are referred by their dentist, or healthcare worker

 

To access our specialist services please be sure to contact your current dentist, or healthcare professional.

 

 

 

When to use this service...

  •  Is the patient homeless?
  • Are you/they dependent on drug or alcohol?
  • Do you/they use outreach services?

You may be eligible to be treated by our service. We accept referrals from General Dental Practitioners and Health Care Professionals. Ask about being referred to us for your dental treatment.

Which Service is Right for you?

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How to find us

Gloucestershire Community Dental Service have seven specialist sites across the county. For details and clinic opening times use the searchable map opposite or click 'Find our clinics'.

 

 

Our services cover the following areas...

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Information for professionals

If you are a general dental practitioner or healthcare professional, you can find out more about our criteria for referring patients in the section below.

 

Information for professionals

 

 

 

 

The role of the Community Dental Service has developed over the last few years and we are commissioned to provide special care dentistry for adults and children in Gloucestershire. We have a central system for all referrals, which are triaged by a senior clinician prior to being accepted onto the waiting list. Patients are then offered an appointment at a clinic that has appropriate facilities for their particular needs.

The Service is led by a specialist in special care dentistry, but patients will be booked with a dentist appropriate to their needs as identified within the referral. Patients should be informed they are being referred to the special care dental service.

 

 

 

 

Referral information

 

 

 

Referral criteria for patients varies per service.

You can request access for your patients using our online referral forms.

Information for both can be seen on our referral page.

 

 

 

Community Dental Services are ONLY available to current patients and those who are referred by their dentist, or healthcare worker

 

To access our specialist services please be sure to contact your current dentist, or healthcare professional.

 

 

 

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