The Jersey Dental Fitness Scheme
The Jersey Dental Fitness Scheme helps towards the cost of routine dental treatment for young people between the ages of 11 and 21.
You pay a monthly amount to the scheme and the States of Jersey also contribute. Then any routine dental treatment needed by your child is free.
Who is eligible
You can join the Jersey Dental Scheme if you:
- are between 11 and 18 (or 11 and 21 if you are in full-time education)
- have an annual family income (that of parents or guardians) below £47,891
- have lived in Jersey for a continuous period of at least five years, or have been in full-time education in Jersey for at least two years
- are deemed to be dentally fit
- know a dentist who's willing to have you in the scheme
Note: if you're between 16 and 18 and are working and living in the family home, it's your own income which is considered.
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 by calling (01534) 877 018 or by writing to: Jersey Dental Scheme, PO Box 699, St Helier, JE4 0PD.
Once you receive your scheme membership details, all you have to do is make regular appointments to see your dentist.
You'll be charged monthly once you have joined the scheme. This monthly fee covers all routine treatment while you are in 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.
Children must be dentally fit to join the Jersey Dental Fitness Scheme. The Dental Department will fund some treatment for eligible children to make sure they're dentally fit before they start secondary school.
To take up this opportunity you must:
- complete the online form below (or return the paper form)
- visit a dentist of your choice before the end of your child's first term at secondary school
- join the Jersey Dental Fitness Scheme by completing the application form (see 'How do I join the scheme?' above)
If your child's teeth are not found to be 'dentally fit', and treatment is required, we'll cover the the cost of treatment to make your child dentally fit. Complete online dental formDownload paper dental form (size 60kb)
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 which 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 will 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 will 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 will let your dentist know and you will be charged for all further treatment in the usual way.