Claiming free NHS dental treatment

The NHS provides free dental treatment for certain individuals depending on their circumstances, such as age, maternity, household income and the type of benefits being claimed.

Generally, your dental practice should be able to advise you as to your eligibility for free dental care. However, the individual patient or person acting on their behalf is responsible for finding out if the individual can access help towards the cost of NHS dental care.

Key Points:

  • Generally, children under the age of 18 are eligible for free dental care, as are pregnant women or women who have had a baby in the last 12 months.

  • Individuals on certain benefits such as Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance are automatically entitled to free NHS dental treatment.

  • If you live in Wales, everyone under the age of 25 years or over the age of 60 years is eligible for free NHS dental treatment.

  • Those who are only in receipt of, non-means-tested benefits such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP), or who work and contribute towards their benefits through National Insurance are not automatically eligible to get support towards the costs of NHS dental treatment.

  • Households that have a low income and struggle to pay for dental treatment can apply for help towards their health costs under the NHS Low Income Scheme by completing an HC1 form. However, if you have savings, property (not including the place you live) or investments over £16,000 you cannot apply.

  • Families that have certain tax credits and an annual household income of £15, 276 or under and have a tax cre