The Jersey Dental Fitness Scheme
The Jersey Dental Fitness Scheme helps towards the cost of routine dental treatment for young people on completion of primary school until the end of full-time education.
Who is eligible for contribution towards initial treatment
Initial treatment is the necessary treatment to make your child dentally fit prior to joining the scheme. Entitlement to receive contribution toward this depends on whether:
- they are leaving primary school
- the total annual family income (that of parents or guardians) is below £52,458
- they have lived in Jersey for a continuous period of at least five years
- they are deemed to be dentally fit
- a dentist is willing to have your child as a patient on the scheme
- they are registered on the scheme by end of December of that year
Your child is still eligible to register after December, but they won't qualify for contribution toward the cost of treatment.
Once you join the scheme, there is a monthly fee.
Dental treatment form for Year 6 children
How to join the scheme
If you're eligible you can join the scheme at any time. You should choose a dentist and make an appointment mentioning the Jersey Dental Scheme. At the appointment, the dentist will examine your teeth to see if you're dentally fit. There may be a charge for the first appointment.
If you're dentally fit, and your dentist agrees to treat you under the scheme, then you'll need to complete an application form.
You can get an application form from your dentist, or by calling +44 (0) 1534 877018 or by writing to: Jersey Dental Scheme, PO Box 699, St Helier, JE4 0PD.
Once you receive your scheme membership details, you can make regular appointments to see your dentist.
You will be charged monthly once you have joined the scheme. This monthly fee covers all routine treatment while you are on the scheme.
Year 6 children
The Dental Department at Jersey General Hospital provides dental treatment for children of primary school age or younger. Once your child starts secondary school their dental care needs to transfer to a private dentist.
Fees to join the scheme
The monthly charge varies depending on the dentist and their assessment of your teeth. Discuss this with your chosen dentist.
How to pay the monthly fee
There are three ways to pay the monthly fee:
- by direct debit
- by cheque (if paying for six months or a year in advance)
- by cash (using the HSBC Bank paying-in slips we will give you)
Note: if you make your cash payment at any bank other than HSBC, you may be charged. You cannot claim this back from the scheme.
If you fall behind in your payments by two months, you will no longer be a member of the scheme and you will have to pay the full price for all further treatment.
Dental treatment covered by the scheme
The scheme covers all routine dental care. This includes all of the following treatments, if given in normal surgery hours:
- examination and report (including all necessary scaling and polishing of teeth and treatment of sensitive dentine)
- routine x-rays taken inside the mouth
- emergency first aid treatment of a dying tooth
- treatment of acute infection or pain
- re-cementing a crown or inlay
- re-cementing a bridge
- construction and fitting of a temporary crown
- stopping abnormal bleeding (including aftercare and removing stitches)
- easing of dentures (not including laboratory fees)
- removing stitches put in by another dentist
- routine extractions under local anaesthetic
- routine preventative dentistry
- routine fillings
Dental care that is not covered
The following treatments are not covered under the scheme:
- crowns or bridges
- dentures (making or adding to)
- surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth
- general anaesthesia
- root fillings
- straightening of teeth
- minor oral surgery
- cosmetic surgery
If you receive any of these treatments, you have to pay the full cost of the treatment.
Dentists who offer treatment on the scheme
Most dentists are involved in the scheme. Contact the Jersey Dental Scheme for a list of dentists taking part in the scheme, or ask your dentist.
If you change your dentist once you've joined the scheme, you need to send us a new application form filled in by yourself and your new dentist.
Leaving the scheme
If you want to leave the scheme, write to the Jersey Dental Scheme. We let your dentist know and you will be charged for all further treatment in the usual way.