Dental centres across BFG provide a service to both military and civilian components of our community. Only just over half of civilian patients in BFG have registered at the dental centres and Defence Primary Health Care – Dental is keen to encourage more entitled civilians to make use of their services.
Routine dental check-ups are crucial for oral health. Dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease are some of the most common diseases in the world.
The dental centres can provide simple advice regarding diet and hygiene to prevent many dental problems. This helps your teeth and gums remain healthy, while helping to avoid toothache and expensive, complicated treatment, which may be necessary if problems remain undetected.
More serious problems like mouth cancer which is more common in smokers can be detected early when attending dental check-ups, as the dentist also checks for signs of this when examining your mouth.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should you go to the dentist?
- Depends on the condition of your mouth.
- Most adult patients should attend once a year for a check-up on average (some more or less frequently).
- Children should attend for a check-up every six months as their teeth are growing and it is important to prevent problems developing and establish good habits that can last a lifetime.
What does it cost?
- Treatment for military personnel is free.
- Treatment for civilians at the dental centres is broadly equivalent to that which is available on the NHS and similar NHS charges are applied.
- Treatment for all children under 18 is free.
- Treatment for some adults is also free eg pregnant women and mums with babies under one year old, as well as those on certain benefits.
- Some adults have to pay NHS-equivalent charges.
- Band 1 – £20.60 for a check-up cleaning, preventive advice, X-rays.
- Band 2 – £56.30 for a course of treatment that includes fillings, extractions, root fillings, more advanced cleaning.
- Band 3 – £244.30 for a course of treatment including advanced restorative work eg crowns, bridges, dentures etc.
Prices are valid until 31 March 2018.
Is there treatment that is not provided?
If it is not normally available on the NHS and is a private treatment in UK then it is not available from the dental centre eg tooth whitening and bleaching, implants, adult braces, some cosmetic treatments.
Where can I go to see a dentist?
There are dental centres on all the major barracks in Gütersloh, Bielefeld, Paderborn and Sennelager. Please check https://bfgnet.de/health/dental/dental-centres/ for details.
So, come and see the dentist! Contact the dental centre most convenient for you and book a routine appointment for you or your child.