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Choosing better oral health: An oral health plan for England

  • Document type:
    Guidance
  • Author:
    Department of Health
  • Published date:
    14 November 2005
  • Primary audience:
    Health and social care professionals
  • Product number:
    271025
  • Gateway reference:
    4790
  • Pages:
    60
  • Copyright holder:
    Crown

This action plan sets out to inform and provide support for dental practices as they focus more on preventative care under new contractual arrangements which will be in place from 1 April 2006. Designed to improve oral health both nationally and locally, this plan also sets out to assist and support Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in meeting their new responsibilities for dental services under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003. This legislation extends their remit to assessing local oral health needs and commissioning the appropriate services to tackle long standing oral health inequalities. This document supersedes: An oral health strategy for England (1994).

For the first time since the foundation of the NHS, primary care dentists will be given the opportunity to focus on prevention and health promotion, as well as treatment within their contracts with the NHS.

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