Are pregnant women entitled to free NHS dental treatment?

Yes. You’re entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you're pregnant when you’re accepted for the course of treatment. To get free NHS dental treatment, you must have:

Applying for a maternity exemption certificate

You can apply for a maternity exemption certificate using the application form FW8, available from your midwife, GP or health visitor. They will also need to sign the form.

The certificate will be valid from one month before the date that the application is received, until:

  • 12 months after the expected date of the baby's birth
  • if the baby has already been born, 12 months after their date of birth

After your baby is born

You’re also entitled to free NHS dental treatment for 12 months after your baby is born. To prove your entitlement, you will need to show:

  • a valid maternity exemption certificate
  • a 'notification of birth' form (the midwife who delivers your baby will give you this form)
  • your baby’s birth certificate

If you did not apply for a maternity exemption certificate while you were pregnant, you can still apply at any time during the 12 months after your baby is born.

Loss of pregnancy

If you lose your baby after the 24th week of your pregnancy (your baby is stillborn), you will continue to be entitled to free NHS dental treatment. To prove your entitlement, you will need to show the stillbirth certificate issued by your local registrar of births, marriages and deaths.

Read the answers to more questions about NHS services and treatments.

Further information:

 

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