Natalie Don MSP is encouraging 18 to 25-year-olds in Renfrewshire to start taking advantage of free dental care.

The MSP for Renfrewshire North and West welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that young people aged 18 to 25 and everyone who has started a course of NHS dental treatment before their 26th birthday no longer need to pay to maintain or improve their oral health.

Natalie Don MSP said: “It is great to see the SNP Government has taken this first step towards scrapping NHS dental charges for everyone in Scotland by removing the treatment costs for people aged under 26.

“Dental charges can be a huge expense for families, with pain going untreated due to the lack of affordability, so I am delighted that local young people can now access dental care without being concerned about the cost.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic not yet over, it is currently not ‘business as usual’ at dental practices as they still need to prioritise people with urgent dental problems and those in most need of treatment, but I encourage 18 to 25-year-olds throughout Renfrewshire North and West to start taking advantage of the provision of free dental care services in the months ahead.”

The Scottish Government confirmed this week that £7.5 million of funding will help dental practices to purchase drills that do not create as much airborne particles as standard drills, and so will enable dentists to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 protective restrictions on the number of patients they can see.

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