Free dental care in Scotland for those under 26

  • Date: 25 August 2021

PEOPLE aged under 26 are now eligible for free NHS dental treatment.

From August 24, NHS dental charges will no longer apply to any young person aged 18 to 25. Those who began a course of treatment before their 26th birthday will also benefit.

The move will apply to around 600,000 young people living in Scotland.

The change comes into force as the Scottish Government announced £7.5 million of funding to help dental practices purchase new drills that generate less aerosols than standard equipment.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf thanked the dental sector for their “outstanding efforts” throughout the pandemic, adding: “This [£7.5 million investment] will be used to purchase new dental drill equipment that produces less airborne particles, and therefore helps reduce the risk of Covid transmission.

“Alongside our previously announced £5 million to improve ventilation, this will further enable dental practices to see more NHS patients under present Covid restrictions.”

• Read the full memorandum to NHS (PDF) 

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