Dental Choices is a website designed to make it easier for you to find and register with an NHS dentist.
In addition to helping you find an NHS dentist, Dental Choices aims to provide reliable information about dentistry to help you make informed decisions about your oral health and oral health care.
Search now to find an NHS dentist near you accepting new patients in England.
We live in the age of information
There’s a wealth of information out there but it can be hard to find exactly what you need.
Not all information is useful
For example, the NHS website is full of information about dental practices. However if you are trying to register with an NHS dentist and the overwhelming vast majority of practices are not accepting new patients, the vast majority of information presented to you on the NHS website is therefore redundant.
Dental Choices gives the same information more meaning by filtering only the practices who have indicated they are currently accepting new patients, and by letting you know how recently the practice made that indication. The relevant information on the NHS website about NHS practices who are taking on new patients can then be accessed directly via a link. In this way Dental Choices aims to enrich rather than duplicate the information held on the NHS website.
Not all information is trustworthy
The NHS Choices website historically contained a large amount of oral health and dental information, but it was often confusing and sometimes inaccurate. Poorly-moderated and inappropriate user comments published within what should be a trusted resource added to the confusion.
NHS choices has now thankfully evolved into a better information source. Now branded just as the NHS website, public comments have been removed making the articles much clearer. There is still some confusing information however, and each article is scheduled for review only once every three years.
Dental Choices believes user comments are valuable in the context of improving and adapting the available information but without publishing the comments within or alongside trusted information. Each article therefore has a feedback form and comments are regularly reviewed and used to adapt and clarify the trusted information in the articles.
Dental Choices aims to give useful information and highlight trusted sources
While we strive for our content to be as accurate as possible, it is the nature of science and healthcare to adapt and evolve with new research, new evidence and current practice. Information contained on this website should not be used as an alternative to professional advice from a dentist, doctor or other healthcare professional.