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About the CDS

The Community Dental Service (CDS) is dedicated to providing dental care to vulnerable patient groups in society who may otherwise find accessing treatment difficult or impossible.

The service operates across Cardiff and the Vale in both fixed and mobile clinics. We also provide a domiciliary service for those that are unable to attend a clinic.

Our clinics are different to high street dental practices in that we see patients on a referral basi only, which ensures they receive their treatment from the most appropriately trained member of staff and in the best clinic to suit their needs.

In addition, we provide a range of community-based preventative care through our national ‘Designed to Smile’ (D2S) programme, targeting areas with the highest levels of dental disease.  This includes a fluoride application and tooth-brushing programme in schools for children up to 5 years of age, as well as our Care Home project, where oral health training is provided for care and nursing staff, with the aim of improving knowledge and skills thus improving the oral health of residents. Training takes place in house and covers ‘core’ oral health training and ‘champion’ training.

The CDS also plays an important role in the training of dental undergraduates as part of their community placement. Therefore, treatment may sometimes be provided by final year dental students under close supervision from a qualified member of staff.

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