Dentists provide care for your teeth, gums and your mouth. Part of their work involves teaching people to look after their teeth and gums in order to prevent problems and maintain good oral health. Many practices have dental hygienists or oral health educators helping with that vital aspect of care.

Dentists also provide pain relief, carry out extractions and fillings.  They can use a wide variety of techniques and materials to restore teeth damaged or lost by decay, trauma or other reasons.

Dental practices can take private and NHS patients and most practices take a mixture of both. It is important to ring your Dentist to confirm the services that they provide and to make appointments. NHS Dentists are open Monday to Friday in office hours. However, some may open on Saturday mornings or at different times. Please phone your local practice for details.

Finding a dentist.

NHS Devon has a dental helpline which enables patients to obtain information about finding an NHS dentist, accessing urgent treatment and other enquiries relating to NHS Dental services.

The helpline is available on weekdays between 8am and 6pm.

03330 063 300 or email

During evenings and weekends, there is an answer phone message directing patients to out-of-hours dental cover. Patients who require urgent care outside of normal working hours should contact 01392 823 682. 

Last updated: September 30, 2015

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