Dental Services

The Community Dental Service or Lanarkshire Salaried Primary Care Dental Services (SPCDS), complements the care provided by general dentists in Lanarkshire.

Working across Lanarkshire this service provides care in health centres, hospitals, and care homes and occasionally in your own home.

These services provide dental care for the groups in our community who have special requirements that make it difficult or inappropriate for them to receive treatment in the normal dental setting.

The types of patients treated by the community dental service include:

  • Children with dental anxiety or with high levels of dental disease
  • Patients with learning disabilities
  • Patients with a range of physical and psychiatric conditions
  • Patients with complex medical issues impacting on their dental care
  • Frail elderly
  • Patients within palliative care
  • Patients can be referred to the community dental service by general dental practitioners, general practitioners (GPs) and other healthcare professionals. Patients are seen by appointment, Monday to Friday.
  • The community dental service can be contacted at:
    Dental Office
    Glendoe Building
    Coathill Hospital,
    Hospital Street,
    ML5 4DN
    Telephone: 01236 707 711

Dental care for homeless people

Community dental services run a service for all homeless people in Lanarkshire on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

To make an appointment contact the Health and Homeless service on 01698 727 534. The service is located at:

Douglas Street Clinic
19 Douglas Street
Hamilton ML3 0BP

Oral Health Educators

A team of oral health educators are employed to provide a Lanarkshire wide preventive service to children and vulnerable adults including those patients with special care needs, the homeless, and prisoners.

The team of oral health educators also deliver the Childsmile core toothbrushing programme in nurseries and primary schools across Lanarkshire. Through a variety of teaching sessions children, parents and staff are educated on all aspects of oral health and this is reinforced by staff in each establishment on a daily basis.

Additionally the oral health educators distribute the dental homecare packs, containing a toothbrush, toothpaste and an information leaflet to children in nurseries twice a year and to all primary one and two children once a year, delivering an oral health education lesson.


For more information on Childsmile visit the Childsmile website or contact Susan Frew, Childsmile Co-ordinator on 01236 703453 or email

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