NHS dentists

You do not register with a dentist in the same way as a GP. Find a dental surgery that's convenient for you, whether it's near your home or work, and phone them to see if there are any appointments available.

At your routine appointment, your dentist will assess how frequently they need to see you for check-ups. This will vary from person to person and may be from every three months up to two years for those with good oral health.

If you are already under the care of a dentist, it is important that you attend regularly, as directed by your dentist. If you don’t, you are at risk of being removed from the practice's patient database.

There are things you can do to maintain good oral health in between appointments. Click here for more information.

What to do if you have a dental problem

If you have a dental issue it is important that you know how to access help when you need it. 

If you need dental help or advice, please contact your dental practice over the phone first, rather than in person. You will be assessed over the phone and may be given advice, medication or a face-to-face appointment if needed.

If you are in pain or in need of support, help or advice, please telephone your dental practice in the usual way. 

If you don’t have a usual dentist and you have an urgent need, you can call the local dental helpline for Cheshire and Merseyside:


0161 476 9651

To support NHS services, it is important that you do not visit hospitals or doctors’ surgeries with dental problems.