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Parents in Nottinghamshire are being encouraged to take their children to see an NHS dentist during the summer school holidays.

NHS Nottinghamshire County is reminding parents that under 18s receive free dental treatment. There are thousands of NHS places available across the area too.

It is important to take care of children’s teeth from an early age because it can prevent decay. A regular teeth cleaning routine is essential for good dental health. Also, taking children to the dentist means any health problems can be identified at an early stage.

Julie Theaker, Dentistry Lead for NHS Nottinghamshire County said: “Children should be brushing their teeth for at least two minutes twice a day; once in the morning and once before bedtime. Regular dental check-ups are vital and the school holidays are a great time to see an NHS dentist.”

To find a local NHS dentist there is a dentistry hotline for Nottinghamshire patients to ring. It’s free to call 0800 028 3693, Monday – Friday, 9-5pm.