The Children's Dental Service is a dedicated service for pre-school and school age children with particular needs. It provides dental and orthodontic treatment for children who are eligible and is based at Princess Elizabeth Hospital.
The service focuses on prevention and early intervention and often works with other health care professionals to help promote oral health messages. Please see the leaflets in the downloads section for general advice.
What Services Do We Provide?
- A full range of dental treatment (including orthodontic treatment) is available for those eligible to use the service.
- Guernsey Super Smiles, a pre-school tooth brushing programme we introduced in 2014, is undertaken in a number of pre-schools and nurseries.
- The Oral Health Educator and Specialist Dental Nurses provide oral health promotion activities in schools and to other targeted groups including preschools and Young Mum's.
- The service undertakes epidemiological surveys so that there is up to date information on the dental health of the children on the island.
- Getting your child used to going to the dentist from a young age is very important and it's recommended that all children should visit the family dentist before their first birthday.
- Your family dentist can advice on any dental issues. However, any parent, whether their child meets the eligibility criteria or not, or Group Leader who would like input from the dental team, is welcome to telephone the Children's Dental Service for advice (tel. 707427).
Who Can Access Dental Care Through The CDS?
- Children up to their 18th Birthday attending special needs schools - This includes Le Rondin, Le Murier, and Les Voies and those attending the Base Units at St Sampson, Amherst and Le Mare De Carteret Schools. Parents or carers of these children may contact the department direct.
- Looked after children up to their 18th Birthday - Carers and foster parents may contact the department direct.
- Families in receipt of Income Support - Children up to their 12th birthday whose parents are in receipt of income support. Parents will need to get an e-mail from the Social Security Department sent to the Children's Dental Service confirming that they are in receipt of benefit, or entitled to treatment via the Medical Expenses Assistance Scheme (MEAS) before booking an appointment.
- Children up to their 12th birthday with any active dental decay into dentine or acute gum problems can be referred to the service for a single course of treatment to restore their dental health - Parents or carers will need to get a referral sent to the Children's Dental Service by their dentist or a suitable health professional before an appointment can be booked.
- Children up to their 12th birthday suffering from a medical condition where specific input from dental practitioners experienced in dealing with children is required - Parents or carers will need to get a referral sent to the Children's Dental Service by their dentist or a suitable health practitioner before an appointment can be booked.
- School Trauma - If a child up to their 12th birthday sustains trauma whilst at school and during the normal school hours they can be seen for emergency care. This referral has to be made within 24 hours and by the school.
- Children are accepted for Orthodontic treatment up to their 15th birthday providing they have an Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) Dental Health Component 5. (Your family dentist can explain this for you). In addition they must visit their family dentist for routine examinations at least one every 6 months and have excellent oral health and hygiene. The CDS will not routinely provide other aspects of dental care for these children unless they are specifically entitled to it.
- Telephone 01481 707427, email firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to us at Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Le Vauquiedor, St Martin, Channel Islands GY4 6UU.
- Opening Hours are Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:15 pm