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FREE NHS DENTAL TREATMENT

You can get free dental treatment if you:

The proof you need to have

Where and how to get proof

Are under 18 years old

Any official document showing your name and date-of-birth such as a birth certificate, NHS medical card, passport, travel concession card, or any other official papers showing your name and date-of-birth.

NHS medical cards are given out when you are first registered as a patient with a GP. If you need a card, contact your local NHS Board.

Are aged 18 and in full-time education

A current Child Benefit order book. If you do not get Child Benefit, you can show proof of your date of birth and proof that you are a full-time student.

If you do not have an order book, contact the Child Benefit Centre: 0845 302 1444. Your school, college, university or local education authority can give you proof that you are in qualifying full-time education.

Are pregnant

MatB1 certificate or NHS prescription maternity exemption certificate.

MatB1 certificates are issued by your GP or registered midwife.
You can use your prescription maternity exemption certificate as proof. To get one ask your GP, midwife or health visitor for an FW8 application form. The form tells you what to do.
The midwife who delivers your baby will give you a notification of birth form.
Birth certificates and stillbirth certificates are issued by your local registrar of births, marriages and deaths.

Have had a baby in the previous 12 months, or have had a stillborn baby in the previous 12 months

Notification of birth form, birth certificate or stillbirth certificate.

You can get free dental treatment if:

The proof you need to have

Where and how to get proof

You are named on a valid HC2 certificate

An NHS certificate HC2 for full help with health costs.

Make a claim using form HC1, obtainable from your Jobcentre Plus office or by calling 0845 850 1166. You may also be able to get an HC1 from your local hospital, dentist, optician or doctor.

You are named on a valid HC3 certificate

The charge may be reduced if you are named on an NHS certificate HC3 for partial help with health costs.

You are, or your partner is, getting Income Support

Your Income Support order book, or an entitlement letter from your Jobcentre Plus Office

You have to claim the benefit at your Jobcentre Plus office (the address will be in your local telephone book).

If payments are made into your bank or building society, you can obtain proof in the form of an entitlement letter from your Jobcentre Plus office.

You are, or your partner is, getting Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

An entitlement letter from your Jobcentre Plus office.

You are, or your partner is, getting Pension Credit guarantee credit

Pension Credit award notice from the Department of Work and Pensions, Pension Services.

If you have lost or mislaid your Pension Service award notice, contact the Pension Service phone line on 0845 606 0265.

You are, or your partner is, getting tax credits and meeting qualifying conditions

A valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.

If you are eligible for free dental treatment, your exemption certificate will be sent to you. See here if you haven't yet received your certificate.