Dental Services: Children

Department of Health written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to extend NHS England's new Starting Well: A Smile4Life Initiative beyond the 13 areas in which it is initially being dleivered.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

NHS England’s Starting Well programme will work in 13 high needs areas to reach children most at risk of tooth decay who are not currently seeing a dentist. Alongside this, NHS England is also developing a complementary Starting Well Core offer, a commissioning approach designed to facilitate increased access and early preventive care for young children.

The offer will be made available in 2018, with NHS England commissioners making local decisions on use based on their assessment of need locally.

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