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Orthodontic Services Provision

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 10 October 2013

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Ceisteanna (187)

Billy Timmins

Ceist:

187. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health the position regarding children who are on a programme of free dental treatment, that is, orthodontic treatment, braces and so on, who were attending national school last year and are now in first year in secondary school and need to continue on the programme of treatment started in national schools; the position in connection with continuing with this necessary dental treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42793/13]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The HSE provides orthodontic treatment to those who have been assessed and referred for treatment before their 16th birthday. Where a course of orthodontic treatment commences while a child is in primary school the necessary treatment will continue after the child enters secondary school.

Orthodontic referrals are generally received via the Public Dental Service primary school screening programme. Those who attend private schools or are home schooled are also included. An individual's access to orthodontic treatment is determined against a set of clinical guidelines called the Modified Index of Treatment Need. Patients with the greatest level of need, i.e. Grade 5 or Grade 4 are provided with treatment by the HSE.

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