The check-ups have been funded through the redistribution of family allowance, which started at the beginning of the year. Children can receive one free check-up with any local dentist each calendar year up to their 18th birthday. Parents need to register that this is a States check-up when they book and quote their child’s social insurance number. Any child up to age 12 who needs fillings or restorative treatment can then be referred through to the Children’s Dental Service.
Health & Social Care Committee president Deputy Al Brouard urged parents to take up the opportunity.
‘We really want to get the message out about these changes. We want parents and guardians to book the free annual dental check-up for their children.
‘And we want people to know that it’s now much cheaper if your child needs to go to the Emergency Department or to the GP or practice nurse,' he said.
Sarah Lyle, specialist in children’s dentistry and head of department for the Children’s Dental Service, added: ‘It’s much easier to prevent cavities than to treat them, which is why it’s fantastic that we are able to provide free annual dental check-ups for all children under 18.
‘If you haven’t already taken advantage of the free annual check-up, I’d strongly encourage all parents and guardians to do so for the benefit of your child’s dental health.’