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If you have an urgent dental problem, please contact your family dentist.

If you do not have a dentist, please contact NHS Fife’s Dental Advice Line on 01592 226555.

If you have a dental emergency out-with normal hours (Monday – Friday 8.30am-5pm), or at the weekend, please contact NHS24 on 111.

The role of the Public Dental Service (PDS) falls into six main categories:


Patients are referred to the PDS from family Dental Practices for treatment that requires expertise, equipment, accommodation or services not readily available or economical in traditional High Street Practices.

This includes referrals for Paediatric, Surgical Specialist and Anxious Adult services.

Special Care

The PDS provides access to dental care for patients with special care needs and/or where learning difficulties, mental health or physical disability may preclude treatment within General Dental Services.

Older People

The PDS provides older people’s dental services, with a focus on home care and the Caring for Smiles national programme. This is enhanced by a fluoride varnish programme for the dentate elderly.

Routine Dental Care

The PDS ensures that routine general dental care is available in areas of Fife where there may be an insufficient number of family dentists to meet the needs of the local population.

Emergency Dental Services

The PDS plays a crucial role in the management of Fife Emergency Dental Service. This includes the provision of a weekday Dental Advice Line, facilitating access to urgent dental care for unregistered patients.

The PDS works in partnership with NHS24, Primary Care and local dental practices/practitioners to provide access at the weekends to emergency dental care for registered and unregistered patients.

National Programmes

Fife’s PDS manages and delivers national programmes, including:

  • National Epidemiology
  • Oral Health Promotion
  • Childsmile
  • Dental Outreach

Referral Routes

Referral to the Public Dental Service is usually made by your Dentist or another Health Professional.

If you need to be referred, speak to your family dentist in the first instance.

If you do not have a family dentist and have an urgent dental problem, please contact NHS Fife Dental Advice Line on 01592 226555 or (if out with normal hours or at the weekend) NHS24 on 111

To find a family dentist near you, please visit:

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