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News / October 26, 2009

Dental patients registration period extension

by Guy Hiscott

The length of time a health service patient is registered with a dentist in Northern Ireland has been extended from 15 months to two years.

A health service dental registration is automatically renewed when attending regular check-ups.

The extended registration time has been introduced so that patients can maintain registration with a dentist for a longer period, and help them to look after their oral health.

Welcoming the change, acting chief dental officer Donncha O’Carolan said: ‘It is important that patients visit their dentist for regular check-ups. Oral health is vitally important and if monitored regularly, people are less likely to develop problems.’

Donncha O’Carolan said that regular check-ups also mean that dental registration is automatically renewed.

He said: ‘When patients attend a check-up, they are asked to sign a form HS45, which automatically extends registration for a further two years. Dentists would be happy to advise patients on the most suitable recall period, based on their individual needs.’

This extension is consistent with the recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the dental recall period. It demonstrates the Department’s commitment to meeting the needs of patients in maintaining their oral health.