What we do

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 Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board in both fixed and mobile clinics.

Our clinics are different to high street dental practices in that we see patients on a referral basis, 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.

Who is it for?

The Community Dental Service offers the following services:

  • Dental treatment for some children under the age of 18 including orthodontics (for patients already registered with the CDS).
  • Dental treatment for special care adults.
  • Routine NHS primary dental care from 3 sites via the Personal Dental Service.
  • Mobile dental service (both school and centre based).
  • School-based dental screening and preventative programme Designed to Smile (D2S).
  • Community based prevention (D2S) including in schools and care homes.
  • Treatment under inhalation sedation.
  • Hospital-based general anaesthetic service for children) and special care patients.
  • Advice on oral health care and disease prevention.
  • Dental care to HMP Cardiff.
  • Hearing loop system available in all of our clinics.
  • Emergency dental treatment via Access sessions from our clinics for patients who do not have their own dentist.

Interpretation services are also available.

Can anyone use this service?

Referral by GP

Opening Times

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What to expect

We can provide treatment to a wide range of people.

This includes people with:

  • Some physical impairments.
  • Some learning impairments.
  • Some mental health conditions.
  • Complex medical conditions.


  • People confined to their home.
  • People in care homes/nursing homes.
  • Prisoners.
  • People with social impairment.
  • Children who are unable to cope with dental care in general practice, due to anxiety or a specific medical condition.

Contact us

If you require emergency dental treatment or advice, please contact:

  • NHS Direct Tel: 0845 46 47
  • Cwm Taf Dental Helpline
    9am to 5pm Monday to Friday telephone 01443 680166
    For evenings, weekends and bank holidays only 0300 123 5060

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